Cheap and deep happiness…

To some people, happiness is expensive. But to deep spiritual travellers, happiness is cheap. The different between the two, the first seekers look for happiness in the future, or keep thinking that the others are happier. And the second seekers find happiness in the present, and not interested in comparing with the others. If you can shift from the first group of seekers to second one, many beautiful things can happen in life.

To be frank, life is similar to a long drive. Listening to the music along the journey, that’s happiness. Stop for a moment and enjoying fresh air is also happiness. Finding small shelter to enjoy your tea is another form of happiness. Smile and laugh to the people that you meet is also happiness. And there are many others things that can make you happy, and consequently healthy. In short, deep happiness can be cheap too. To serve fellow light seekers to find healthy and happy life, now let’s dive together the topic of cheap and deep happiness.

Present moment wonderful moment…

Cheap but deep happiness often arises from the small, everyday moments that bring genuine joy and contentment. This type of happiness is not rooted in material possessions or grand achievements but in the appreciation of life’s ordinary pleasures. It can be found in the warmth of a morning cup of coffee, the comfort of a loved one’s hug, the beauty of a sunset, or the laughter shared with friends. These moments are fleeting yet profound, grounding us in the present and reminding us of what truly matters. In the language of HH Thich Nhat Hanh: “Present moment wonderful moment”

One of the core aspects of simple happiness is mindfulness—the practice of being fully present in the moment. When we slow down and pay attention to our surroundings and experiences, we can find joy in the mundane. The act of savoring a meal, listening to the rustle of leaves, or feeling the sun on our skin can be deeply fulfilling when approached with a mindful attitude.

The miracle of gratitude…

Relationships play a crucial role in cultivating this happiness. Genuine connections with others provide a sense of belonging and support, enriching our lives in ways that material wealth cannot. Sharing a meal with family, having a heartfelt conversation with a friend, or spending quality time with a partner can create lasting memories and a deep sense of fulfillment.

Moreover, practicing gratitude can amplify our sense of simple happiness. By focusing on what we have rather than what we lack, we can shift our perspective to one of abundance and contentment. Keeping a gratitude journal or regularly expressing thanks can help us recognize and cherish the positive aspects of our lives. Don’t forget, deep gratitude can transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Daily life steps…

In order to gain cheap yet deep happiness, learn to rely your happiness less on what happen outside, but more on how you process it inside. To make it practical, see all things from the blessing sides. Pour some gratitude in whatever happen in the present moment. Sometimes long driving with music is a therapy. Listening to the singing birds also therapy. Play with children is also a moment of happiness. What you need is being mindful. And also smile. Remember beautiful souls, happiness is a courage. It’s something that you create to yourself.

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About the author

H.H. Guruji Gede Prama

Gede Prama started his spiritual journey through a dialogue with his symbolic Guru in a village at the north of Bali. The journey is then being enriched with his experiences of studying abroad, his meetings with the world greatest spiritual Gurus: His Holiness Dalai Lama, The Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh, as well as Professor Karen Armstrong; and also being deepened by his intense meditation practices.

Despite the fact that he was once a CEO of a large corporation with thousand of employees, and was traveling abroad frequently for the purpose of teaching, yet, being deeply moved by the Bali bombing incident in 2002, he then decided to leave everything and went back to his home island.
He has never leave Bali for the past few years. In fact, he rarely leaves the silence of the forest where he lives, except for the purpose of teaching at the sacred sites within Bali.

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