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Why Eating Right Helps You Get More Happiness

As a lifelong practicing meditator and spiritual practitioner, I’ve been doing a lot to understand the mechanisms underlying positive emotional states and how that relates to the relationship of the body to the mind and the energy of the universe. It turns out that the way we think about how to eat and how much we eat, and the kinds of foods we consume are important as well – and have a lot to say about how we feel about ourselves and our relationships to others.

I first came to meditation in 1990 when I was in my mid-twenties, and I’ve learned from and observed a wealth of great artists and writers, from T.S. Eliot all the way to J.D. Salinger, all without any practice. But as my practice evolved and as I had more time to focus on my own thoughts, as did my understanding of who and what I am as a person. I found that meditation was an extraordinarily powerful way to connect my brain with the rest of my body – and with myself in a way that changed not only how I live my daily days, but also how I view my own inner life. Meditation is a practice that you can do anytime, anywhere – that doesn’t cost anything, is stress reduction, and is a means by which you can gain a deeper understanding of yourself and how the external world functions. It’s a practice that, when properly practiced, allows you to see the internal life of your mind as a living thing, without you having to ask anyone’s permission to let it out. It allows you to make peace with yourself just as much as it allows a stranger to see through your mask. I highly recommend meditation to anyone seeking increased levels of happiness. It’s one of the most profoundly liberating things you can do.

Here are some of my favorite things about meditation:

Meditation can be practiced whenever and wherever you want, though it is often times the best way to start is in your own home, because it’s a practice that can be practiced in a way that has all the benefits of doing it in a meditation center or at a retreat. You can get started in a moment by doing a quiet exercise that helps calm your mind. When you’re ready, you’ll find yourself more focused and relaxed all day long. Meditation is one of the best ways for you to become mindful. This is a very powerful and valuable quality, and it will help you in so many areas of life. It will also make your life feel much, much better. It will give you a better appreciation for your body, for what makes you and what matters to you, and for your ability to be joyful even during tough times. It will also help you realize that there are far greater forces at work that affect your everyday, mundane experience than the stresses of other people around you. So, it’s a way to connect your heart and mind with an inner self, a being greater than yourself. It will give you a greater sense of self respect and a sense of peace, and I’ve yet to find a day that I don’t notice how much stronger I feel when I meditate. Meditation can help you see life in an entirely different way. In fact, one of the first things I wrote about was the transformative power of meditation on my blog – for when I realized, after many years of practice, that my life had changed dramatically . For me, that transformative change was not in the way I felt, but in the way I viewed things. I had come to realize that happiness is a state of mind as much as it is something which arises within you. That’s a key lesson that many people who seek happiness from meditation fail to appreciate. Happiness is a state of mind, and a person’s mind is like a person. It’s not a thing made of stuff; like everything you see, feel and do, a person is an extension of their mind – a part of their inner self, not separate from it at all. When you are in a place of calm, that’s where the true power of meditation lies. It can literally bring on a transformation in both your life and your mental health. So, do something. Start now . There are many options. The most popular, by far, is to just meditate. There are many different styles of meditation: relaxation or guided silent meditation , short daily meditations , guided walk meditation (also called “meditative walking”), and more. The way to start meditating is not difficult; all you have to do is take a few minutes every day to get into the practice. I find that sitting in the morning or waiting in line for a bus and thinking about what is happening around you, and how it makes you feel? That is the first step. The second step is to make a decision to open your mind to the possibility that some of your emotions might actually be a part of reality. Then, a third step is to be consciously aware of the part you see.