Finding Joy Within
"If you have made up your mind to find joy within yourself, sooner or later you will find it." ~Paramahansa Yogananda
If you have ever given up hope of being happy, cheer up. Never lose hope. Your soul, being a reflection of the ever joyous Spirit, is, in essence, happiness itself. If you keep the eyes of your concentration closed, you cannot see the sun of happiness burning within your bosom; but no matter how tightly you close the eyes of your attention, the fact nevertheless remains that the happiness rays are ever trying to pierce the closed doors of your mind. Open the windows of calmness and you will find a sudden burst of the bright sun of joy within your very Self.
The joyous rays of the soul may be perceived if you internalize your attention. These perceptions my be had by training your mind to enjoy the beautiful scenery of thoughts in the invisible, intangible kingdom within you. Do not search for happiness only in beautiful clothes, clean houses, delicious dinners, soft cushions, and luxuries. These will imprison your happiness behind the bars of the externality, of outwardness. Rather, in the airplane of your visualization, glide over the limitless empire of thoughts. There behold the mountain ranges of unbroken, lofty, spiritual aspirations for improving yourself and others. Glide over the deep valleys of Universal sympathy. Fly over the geysers of enthusiasm , over the Niagara Falls of perpetual wisdom, plunging into the expansive depths of your soul's peace.
If you have made up your mind to find joy within yourself, sooner or later you will find it. Seek it now, daily, by steady, deeper and deeper meditation within. Make a true effort to go within and you will find there your longed for happiness.
These are sacred, inspirational words from Paramahansa Yogananda for finding ones true happiness within oneself. I read these words daily as I wander off and back onto the path that is calling my soul toward the light of my own self love and joy.