“I Was Miserable Despite All My Efforts To Be Happy. When I Stumbled On This Gandhi Quote, it Changed Everything.”
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” ― Mahatma Gandhi.
Finding Happiness Through Harmony: My Struggles with Internal Conflict
I often felt like I was at war with myself. My thoughts, words, and actions never seemed aligned. I would tell myself I deserved to be happy and wanted to live a positive life. Yet I frequently had negative thoughts swirling in my mind, criticizing myself and others.
When I spoke, I tried to be kind and spread joy. But inside, I battled an inner voice filled with judgment and envy. My actions followed suit – I would volunteer, donate to charity, and help people in need. Still, I would secretly harbor resentment and feel bitter that my good deeds went unnoticed.
Why Wasn’t I Happy?
I didn’t understand why I wasn’t happy when I was trying so hard to be a good person. I realized that while my words and actions portrayed me as positive, my thoughts were incongruent and filled with negativity. This inner turmoil was preventing me from achieving inner peace and happiness.
I reflected on Gandhi’s quote: “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” I knew that to be truly happy, I needed to align my thoughts, speech, and actions.
My Journey Towards Internal Harmony
Attitude of Gratitude
I began a daily meditation practice, observing my thoughts without judgment. Over time, I became more aware of negative thoughts and consciously shifted my inner dialogue to be more loving. I focused on gratitude, counting my blessings, and looking for the good in myself and others.
As my thoughts grew more positive, my words followed. I spoke words of affirmation, encouragement, and praise to those around me. I held my tongue when I felt criticism creeping in, pausing to reframe my perspective.
My actions expanded from occasional volunteer work to regularly helping others. With my mind and speech grounded in positivity, serving others brought me joy instead of bitterness. I realized that external harmony would follow as I resolved my internal conflict.
Achieving Complete Alignment
When my thoughts, words, and actions finally synchronized, I felt a profound sense of harmony and happiness envelop me. By cleaning up my inner world, the outer world seemed brighter.
Finding Happiness from Within
I discovered the truth in Gandhi’s words – my happiness flows from internal alignment across thought, speech, and action. I experience deep fulfillment, contentment, and peace when all three operate in harmony.
On the days when my inner critic returns or I fail to practice loving action, I recenter myself in meditation. I focus on harmonizing all aspects of myself again. And without fail, happiness returns when everything comes back into sync.
Living In Harmony, Spreading Happiness
I now strive to maintain harmony within myself by being mindful of my thoughts, words, and deeds. When they align, I access an infinite wellspring of joy that overflows into the lives of others.
If It Is To Be – It Is Up To Me
I know that changing the world starts with finding peace within. As Mahatma Gandhi said, “If you want to change the world, start with yourself.” To see peace and joy in the world, you have to see peace and joy in you.
As more people tap into personal harmony, our collective happiness will ripple outwards, creating a more joyful world for all. Our thoughts, words, and actions have power – together in harmony, they can spread profound happiness.
Continuing My Journey
My journey is ongoing, but the effort is rewarded with happiness beyond compare. I am thankful for Gandhi’s wisdom that set me on the path to internal harmony. Each day provides an opportunity to synchronize all aspects of myself, unite in purpose, and infuse my life with meaning.
When I experience misalignment, I pause and reflect until harmony is restored. And no matter what else happens externally, I feel enduring contentment from this inner haven of happiness.
I wish the same harmony and joy for you. Would you like to experience happiness? All you have to do is choose it.
Do you Choose It?