by Giridhari Das
Contributing Author, Conscious Reminder
If having more money does not translate to more happiness, what is to live a dream life? The answer is that wellness it’s all about the state of your mind.
The first thing that comes to mind for most of us when we think of a dream life is fast cars, beautiful beaches, wealth, a big house and so on. It’s been hammered into our heads, over and over again, how success in life is measured by wealth, beauty and power. And yet, we’re never surprised to see how those who have such things aren’t actually happy! The illusion is so strong, that we think, “yeah, they’re not happy, but I would be!”
There are scientific studies showing that after a certain level (about middle-class income), once you’ve achieved decent creature comforts and are no longer actually lacking anything you need, the rest is superfluous. Bill Gates is ten million times richer than most of us, but he’s not ten million times happier, is he?
This Business Insider article quotes rich people on how being rich didn’t make them happier. But we know this already. Disney cartoons have been teaching us this since we were kids. And yet, the crazy pursuit for wealth persists. And with it the notion that this will make us happy. The result? Most people are miserable, anxious and frustrated.
What the yoga tradition and scientific studies show, however, is that happiness is derived from intrinsic, not extrinsic, achievements. Joy comes from how you experience life, not what life you’re experiencing. This is the central message of the 3T Path I teach: it’s all about the mind.
The real dream life is to connect with others, live your true nature, and experience inner peace. Better yet, on top of this, to experience self-realization and bhakti, devotion to God. The beauty of this is that these beautiful intrinsic goals depend on nobody and nothing else, except you. You no longer need to feel like a victim of circumstances. You no longer need to feel jealous, unlucky or frustrated. It’s all up to you. The power is in your hands.
If you don’t love yourself, what’s going on? After all, you have the power to be the person you want to be, so it makes sense that you ought to shape yourself into someone you love, honor and delight in being with. You’ll know this but how much you enjoy just being by yourself. When you look forward to looking inside yourself and just “be”
In my book, The 3T Path, I teach time-tested and scientifically proven techniques to help you achieve this, to live the real dream life.
Check out my video on the topic of the real dream life here.
About the Author: Giridhari Das – I was born in Prague in 1969 as Gustavo Dauster, the son of a Brazilian diplomat. My name is Giridhari Das, or Giri for short. I am a self-help and spiritual teacher, author, and speaker. I have been practicing bhakti-yoga, the yoga of devotion, and working with self-development for over 20 years. I believe we can improve ourselves with a transformative process to meet and transcend the challenges of life in the 21st Century, based on the knowledge of yoga found in both ancient Sanskrit texts and the latest research in the fields of positive psychology and neuroscience. The focus of my teaching is the 3T Path, a systematic, modern presentation of the ancient path of self-improvement and self-realization in yoga and Krishna consciousness. I developed the 3T Path after many years of dedicated study and practice, to share my experience and realizations in bhakti, and to address the needs and challenges of people today.
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