Author: Kelly Johnson

Posted by Kim Weiss

Check out my boss’ formula for happiness and his new book (with Kelly Johnson Maragni), Feeling Great (hope he lets me get outside the building some more) book is here and also in today’s Publishers Weekly magazine. http://amzn.to/1E1xVx7 PETER VEGSO’S 15 RULES FOR HAPPINESS Sometimes we need a shift in perspective to lift our spirits. It’s easy to get caught up in ourselves and our situations and allow them to dictate how we feel, but we can learn to control the inner and outer influences that affect us. We can actually train ourselves to overcome distressing or pessimistic emotions and enjoy greater happiness in our lives. Be grateful for what you have-you may not have everything you want, but it’s likely that you have everything you need. If you don’t, be grateful for the ability to pursue your needs and set a plan to achieve them. Find a source of awe in each day-there are a million things waiting to be discovered: a person’s kindness, a sunrise, a faithful pet. Take a look around you and …

Excerpt from PositivelyPositive.com

Sweetness is a virtue that searches for the good in every person and situation. At its heart is the conviction that there is always something positive to be found. You simply need the patience to discover it.    –Eternal Blessings Optimism opens a door in difficult or hopeless situations. Optimism knows that there is always a way, no matter how many doors have been shut, and it believes that there is always a good alternative. No matter what the crisis, an optimistic outlook will tell you that the situation you are facing is a sign that you need to find a different way of thinking or a new way of doing things. Sometimes it’s easy to miss the signal because change can be uncomfortable, to say the least. No one really wants to do the work it takes to change unless it’s absolutely necessary, so they often ignore the warning signs until they become so obvious and clear that there is no other choice but to wake up. Now the choice is either to heed the warning …

The Mindful Word

Excerpt from The Mindful Word, 23 April, 2015 MASTER YOUR OWN LIFE SIX STRATEGIES FOR ATTAINING FREEDOM AND FEELING GREAT  Excerpted from Feeling Great: Creating a Life of Optimism, Enthusiasm and Contentment, a guidebook for a lifetime of satisfaction by spiritual practitioners Dadi Janki, Peter Vegso, and Kelly Johnson.  Freedom means that no one can stop you from doing what is right or persuade you to do what is wrong.  Can you imagine a situation where you might feel really great but not be truly free? Is it possible to experience even a feeling of contentment, yet be suppressed or restrained at the same time? Not likely. Freedom is that liberating feeling that you can be who you want to be and achieve anything you want to achieve without constraints. Owning up Real freedom begins with you. It means that you cannot blame others for what they are doing to you. It’s a waste of time to examine their actions repeatedly and become angry; you need to control the situation—and that means examining yourself by asking two simple questions that require very honest answers: “What am I doing …

The Way Forward

The Way Forward  The World The way forward is an internal journey; it requires you to look inside before looking outside. You cannot be much help in the world until you understand who you are and learn to respect yourself and others, as well as the planet you inhabit. The Challenge From one end of the earth to the other, there is a deep desire in human hearts for unity. But how can we make it happen? How is it possible to have unity in a world where it’s lacking even within families? Everyone has their own way of thinking, but when someone insists on having things done their way, diverse ideas are not tolerated very easily and unity starts to become an unattainable ideal. But it is not unattainable. When you accumulate truth, the power of that truth alone can destroy the number one enemy of unity: ego. When ego is out of the way, you can create an atmosphere of harmony; you have the ability to come together and accept another person’s different …

Putting It All Together

Putting It All Together When I was five years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down “happy.”  They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.  —John Lennon Let’s take a short tour of what we know about how to feel great. We’ve learned some important principles and values that are essential to achieving real joy. 1. Know who you are. Know that you are a spiritual being, distinct from the body; that “soul” is something completely unique. Knowing yourself as a soul gives you a spiritual identity that needs to become the consciousness from which you operate in your everyday life. It needs to be practiced, not just lodged somewhere in your brain as an intellectual concept. 2. Find your balance and inner silence. There are so many wonderful benefits of knowing your spiritual identity. One of the greatest is this: you will be able to steady …

Optimism

Optimism Sweetness is a virtue that searches for the good in every person and situation. At its heart is the conviction that there is always something positive to be found. You simply need the patience to discover it.  –Eternal Blessings Optimism opens a door in difficult or hopeless situations. Optimism knows that there is always a way, no matter how many doors have been shut, and it believes that there is always a good alternative. No matter what the crisis, an optimistic outlook will tell you that the situation you are facing is a sign that you need to find a different way of thinking or a new way of doing things. Sometimes it’s easy to miss the signal because change can be uncomfortable, to say the least. No one really wants to do the work it takes to change unless it’s absolutely necessary, so they often ignore the warning signs until they become so obvious and clear that there is no other choice but to wake up. Now the choice is either to heed the warning …

Introduction

Introduction Is it possible to feel great in today’s world, where every day there seems to be some new crisis or disorder? Some new upheaval or unexpected negativity? Where violence is so rife? Should we even strive to feel great? Maybe it’s out of place or insensitive to the realities of other people’s lives? This little guide draws on years of spiritual study and practical experience. Included are rich descriptions of the sticking points we encounter in our journey through life, and also the keys to making progress as we recover our ability to feel really great—not as a temporary indulgence but as a lasting state of being. We learn, for example, about the gravity of negativity, when encumbered emotions such as resentment, wounded pride, and rejection hold us down and drain the goodwill and spontaneity from our lives. Enthusiasm, optimism, and contentment are among the keys that can free us from such chaos. We learn that these qualities spring from faith in the goodness of the Self and life. This faith returns to us …

Harmony

Maintain the balance of responding to situations with a cool head and to people with a warm heart. Harmony When you build a house, every brick counts. When you build character, every thought counts. You are what you think. Love, purity, peace, wisdom—the more you think of these qualities, the more you will become them. One of the first things you need to learn in order to truly feel great is the importance of putting your life in order and finding balance. If there is confusion inside, there will be confusion outside; learning how to align your inner world of thoughts, attitudes, and feelings with your outer world of actions, words, and relationships is the first step—you simply can’t feel great when everything in and around you is unsettled. Feelings and Emotions In order to bring your life into harmony, you have to find emotional stability, because when your emotions are unpredictable or irrational or you are feeling out of sorts, you can’t possibly settle into a life of joy and contentment. Emotions play a very …