I spruced my self up and made my way to the Business School ready to learn how to be myself. The topic sounded interesting and the speaker looked like a well rounded, successful business man. Maybe I could learn a thing or two.
When I arrived I was greeted by angelic smiles from groups of women dressed in white saris, while esoteric music played in the background and the faint scent of incense hovered in the air.
I looked around and noticed that we were a diverse group gathering in the room, from the hippy looking “eat, pray, love” types to formal business men and women and everyone in between.
The speaker was Mike George and he was advertised to speak on Being Yourself. I have a ‘thing’ for authenticity and so I was attracted to the topic.
Although I gathered by now that this was some sort of religious group, I was deeply impressed with what Mike had to say and how he said it. No hype, no hysteria, just good common sense with a profound simplicity.
Basically, we are motivated by happiness, but get distracted by pleasures. Happiness can be described in so many ways, but generally boils down to contentment, joy and bliss. Happiness actually comes from within, not the external pleasures that we spend so much of our lives pursuing. Contentment, joy and bliss are all internal, yet we chase after beauty, possessions, ego and so many other external commodities. And the cherry on the top, in order to find this elusive thing called happiness, we need to learn the lifelong lesson of acceptance, which banishes judgement. It’s a tall order and yet it makes a lot of sense.
Mike spoke on all of these things for an hour and a half, so I have obviously mentioned the kernel of his talk that resonated within me. I found myself deeply challenged and wonderfully at peace to find such a simple answer to finding happiness. I don’t doubt that I will forget much of this in my daily living, but if I can return here each day and practice it, I will be a lot less stressed.
By Karen Lancaster