We get so caught up in the narrative of our lives, chasing after some things and running away from others. We chase after promotions, fame, and money. We run away from chores, responsibilities, and debt. Getting caught up in the narrative causes many emotional ups and downs, like some bipolar disorder that we choose to participate in. But unlike actual bipolar disorder, we can choose whether or not we get caught up in the narrative.
The experiences of our lives and our own narrative can all seem very real, very definite. But eventually we will find that the things we spent so much time and effort chasing only gave us a moments joy. And the things that we hid from actually taught us the most.
With all of those swirling around your mind it can be difficult to even think of stopping to meditate. Stopping gives us the opportunity to drop the narrative of our lives, chasing after some things and hiding from others. Stopping gives us the opportunity to go back to the calm and happiness already within us.
In the blog post by Bronnie Ware, she describes how people reaching the end of their lives often said that they wished they chose to be happy. Through meditation we can reconnect with that happiness and remind ourselves of the happiness that we already have and is already there.
5. I wish that I had let myself be happier – many did not realise until the end that happiness is a choice.