Sam Harris, the author of the book “Waking up. A guide to spirituality without religion”, states that the spirit of any person is his or her thoughts. Yes, we can agree with him that the human body is only a vessel in which the spiritual energy (soul) of a person is contained. Each person perceives the world in his or her own ways. A situation may be considered as good by one person while the same context may be viewed as bad by another. Hence, a person’s reaction to all things and, all events ultimately depend only on his or her point of view. Consequently, the only way to achieve happiness is to change our own state of mind.
There are well known basic principles to train oneself to have a good positive mindset. Sam Harris mentions these in his book. These include concentrating on internal processes of human body, the testing of every thought and focusing on life at a particular moment. Sam Harris urges us to kill all bad thoughts and to follow our positive emotions and memories. He writes that happiness is illusory. In this case, all our world is fiction too. Yet, we live in this world and want to be satisfied with our own lives. Hence, we should meditate and live in an environment of our good thoughts. We should overcome the bad atmosphere and negative forces of chaos and try to find harmony with our surrounding world and within ourselves.
We should love ourselves and believe that we are unique beings and our mind is all what we have. We must care for our mind by meditating, a process , which is known to lead to changes within our consciousness. The psychological effect of this hard work will be obvious. We will be in this state of happiness for a long time. Scientists have discovered that the structure of the brain can change when a person practices meditation. Sam Harris encourages people to follow his example and begin to receive pleasure and avoid pain through meditations. These mental practices can help each of us to become mentally healthy, emotionally satisfied and, hence, happy.
Harris’s arguments may be supplemented by a few steps to achieve this state of happiness. One of them is the improvement of monitoring progress and getting enjoyment from any success. It means that a person should note and record his little achievements on the path to happiness and store them. Monitoring his progress towards happiness will help to improve overall attention on the evolution of consciousness and to increase the capacity for positive thinking.
In addition, people should have a record of their positive thoughts as memories that they can request on demand. If something affects a person and provokes a negative reaction,a person should be able to quickly return to his or her good mood by recalling past positive memories. They should reach for a past experience associated with feeling happiness, which could help to recall this state of mind. The more often a person recalls and re-engages with their good memories, the stronger these memories will be preserved over time, which will help them to live happily in the long run.
Importantly, people should create friendly atmosphere around themselves. In order to receive spiritual energy from positive people . It is well known that our subconscious often communicates without our direct control. Moreover, as we receive most of the information unconsciously, we can not control this process. Hence, it is imperative that we should surround ourselves with people with interesting and positive thoughts, as we will unconsciously absorb their energy and levels of positivity.
It should be noted that people must spread positive emotions and thoughts and not clutter up their mental space by negative thoughts. We share in the common energy field with the people around us and the spiritual energies of people around us interact with one another. Your bad thoughts may come back to you because these thoughts influence the vibe of the energy around you and impacts future events. Thus, to be happy, one should escape negative thinking to avoid polluting their environment with their negative emotions.
Finally, we should strive to achieve positive cosmic energy. People live in an open system because our universe is infinite and contains different types of energy flows which have their own different characteristics. A body, mind, consciousness and subconscious possess unique properties and , hence, you should find an energy flow that corresponds best with your own. When you find it, this flow will energize you. A simple example of this is the admiration for nature. A person who enjoys appreciates nature is likely to elicit a more positive emotion simply by immersing themselves in contemplation of the natural object. At this point, their energy flow is aligned with the natural world and they are able to connect to the energy of the universe.
In my opinion, it is true that each person may have his own way to be happy, but it is also clear that our happiness is in our own hands.
SAM HARRIS. «Waking up. A guide to spirituality without religion»
Svetlana Stroganova, Nikolai Shmelev