Finding Happiness

By Sri Chinmoy Centre students   “When the heart center is open you will feel boundless joy, boundless love, and boundless purity.” – Sri Chinmoy, Kundalini: the Mother-Power, Aum Press, 1973   Concentration   Through yoga we learn to calm, relax and strengthen our bodies and acquire a deeper understanding of the relationship between the body and the mind. We learn how the energies of body and mind influence our inner life and ultimately our happiness. For yogis it is very important not to overlook the central role concentration plays in this relationship and our quest for happiness. Excellent concentration will enable us to better manage bodily energies and emotions and the mind’s thought processes. No single skill is as vital to human happiness as the ability to concentrate. Concentration turned inward leads to self-knowledge and increased empowerment. This is foundation for human happiness.   Yogic Concentration   Once we’ve developed our ability to concentrate and have acquired a degree of self-knowledge, we must decide what to concentrate on. There is a famous saying from the ‘60s that perhaps you’ve heard – “You are what you eat.” True enough, but it is even truer that we are what we concentrate upon. We become exactly what we give our thoughts and our life energies to. Concentration is more than ‘thought.’ If we want to accomplish our life goals, we will have to do more than just think about them. We’ll have to work hard for the happiness we want, that means concentrating not only our thoughts, but our emotions and life energy as well. To achieve significant goals – and happiness...