Citrine: Cultivating Happiness
How often do you think to yourself “I’ll be happy if...”? We are sold happiness, constantly told that we’re not quite happy enough – but that it is achievable if we just buy that one product, try that new craze, or be more like that girl on Instagram.
Recently, I have taken to the quotation by the Dalai Lama “happiness is not something readymade. It comes from your own actions”.
I have been using this to set my own intention for happiness. As someone who compares herself to others far too much, I have been speaking this intention to myself as a reminder that only I am in control of my happiness, and that neither imitation nor materialism can bring me that. Instead, I remind myself to be content with all the wonderful people and opportunities that I have in my life.
Citrine is a bright, energy boosting stone said to encourage joyfulness. When these drains on happiness tire you out hold a mala with citrine and repeat you mantra to help reenergise yourself. Having this intention embedded in your mind will help you to ignore these drains; to feel gratitude for what you have and to avoid comparison. Hold the image of the citrine in your mind’s eye as you make your intention for happiness, and allow yourself to feel centred and free of expectations.
Happiness should be uncomplicated and patient. Do not expect greatness, or for all things to come at once and you will never be disappointed. This is not to say that you shouldn’t aspire towards goals, but allow your path to grow organically and at it’s own pace.
Be happy with the speed of your progress; it is at the correct speed for you. When you feel that tug of jealousy or needless desire, stop, acknowledge it, and then move on. Allow positive energy to guide you forwards, and you will arrive where you need to be.
Eleanor MayC is the author of the health and fitness blog, Green+Aquamarine.
Through yoga, she has started to embrace the wellness lifestyle. Her blog balances her interest in a healthy, active lifestyle and living in a sustainable, Earth-friendly way.
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