The next time you find yourself smiling like a child, exhilarated with hope, or just glowing for no logical reason, pay attention. When you’re feeling good, switch off your mind. Hit cancel on your intellect. Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, and just let the sensation rise within you.
Pay attention to the energy around you. Who you are with. What you were just thinking about. How you feel physically. How you see the world. How you perceive time. Remember every little detail you can.
Write it down in a journal. I don’t mean a gratitude journal – that’s just your mind telling you what you should be thankful for and hoping your feelings correspond. It’s a noble endeavor, but writing down the circumstances when you feel good goes deeper. It doesn’t need to make sense. Don’t judge yourself. That’s your mind.
Take note of where you are, who you’re with, what you ate, how you slept, what your wearing, what music is playing, your recent exercise habits, caffeine and alcohol intake, sunlight, fresh air, laughter, human connections, if you've helped someone recently, etc. - every detail in your life that comes from your subconscious, not your ego. These are all contributing factors to your sublime state of being.
We think we feel good because of the current circumstances of out lives but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Hearing your favorite song may not even register when you’re stressed and stuck in traffic after work, while hearing it on a weekend road trip with friends might send you into a state of bliss. Those are just triggers to something more primal.
Once you’re more conscious of your feelings of grace, a few things will happen. You’ll easily identify the positive factors in your life and avoid the negative ones. Your intuition will become practiced, allowing you to move toward light with clarity. The lows won’t be as low or last as long and the highs will be magnified. You’ll feel healthier - in control of your own happiness and not dependent on circumstances from the outside world.
This isn't about unrealistic positive thinking or annoying self-help mantras. You'll still have problems in life and sometimes feel like shit. But it will train your consciousness to inhabit an elevated state of being, where you were supposed to be before your intellect took over.
After a while, your emotions will automatically work backward and you’ll be able to place yourself in the state of transcendence without even needing the triggers. You’ll radiate good energy instead of searching for it.
The result will change everything in your life.