(All the photos are from the second half of our vacation, visiting family. These were taken in Venice, California, so names because of the canals we walked around and took pictures of the lovely gardens and homes.)
When going through a divorce, happiness seems fleeting. Eventually, when the dust settles and you can focus on where next, happiness will pop up at unexpected times. These Ten Keys by one of my favorite authors, Deepak Chopra, M.D., may help you reach a level of happiness that has eluded you.
The information is from Quantum Publications, Â© 1992. (I shortened some of the keys.)
1) Listen to your body’s wisdom, which expresses itself through the signals of discomfort. If the body sends a signal of physical or emotional strength, watch out! If the body responds with joy and comfort—go for it!
2) Live in the moment. The present is the only moment you have. Have psychological acceptance totally and completely that this present moment is as it should be.Â Don’t struggle against the Universe.
3) Take time to be silent, to quieten the inner dialogue, to be guided by your intuition, rather than externally impose interpretations of what is or is not good.
4) Relinquish your need for approval.Â There is great freedom in that choice.
5) When you find yourself reacting with anger or violence to any person. situation, or circumstance–recognize that you struggle only against yourself. Don’t be so hard on yourself.
6) Know that those you react to strongly, whether you love them or hate them, are reflections of yourself. Use the mirror of relationship to guide your own spiritual evolution.
7) Shed the burden of judgment—you will feel much lighter.
8)Â Don’t contaminate your body with toxins—through food, drink, or toxic emotions.
9) Replace fear-motivated behavior with love-motivated behavior.
10) Understand that the physical world mirrors the process in your own consciousness.Â Cleaning up the environment is worthwhile, but even more important is the flushing of toxic ideas that contaminate the human mind.