Have you ever been in Nirvana?
If so, wouldn’t it be wonderful to create Nirvana in your life all the time?
Before you let your imagination run riot, let’s be clear that I am not talking here about some drug-infused state of mind.
Nirvana means different things to different people.
For Buddhists, Nirvana is the perfect peace of the state of mind that is free from craving, anger and other afflicting states. For Hindus, it is the union with the Supreme Being.
For a lot of Westerners, the word probably just means the musical band.
Nirvana is also not about sitting cross-legged and meditating – though I am told it helps!
I would like to explore with you today is what Nirvana means to you and show you how you can experience it in your life
What I mean by Nirvana in this context is when:-
- You are in a state of bliss and joy.
- You are in the flow and everything is working really well in your life.
- You are fulfilled, happy and content within yourself.
- You are a sea of calmness and peace.
- You feel healthy, energised and full of life.
- Your heart is overflowing with love, gratitude and appreciation.
- You have great relationships with everyone in your life.
- You feel that you have found your calling and you love what you are doing
- You are making a contribution to the world.
Just writing and reading that list gives me the goose bumps.
For me, Nirvana would be an exalted feeling of bliss, joy, love and peace.
Can you remember a time when you felt such bliss and joy?
I have been lucky that I felt like this once – during my visit to an orphanage in India.
Thankfully we can also get to Nirvana through the kindness of other people.
Here’s a simple exercise for you to experience Nirvana:-
Close your eyes right now. Breathe deeply 3 times and then visualise a time when you felt really blissful and joyous.
Remember what it was you were seeing, hearing and feeling at the time. Put yourself back in that time.
Make your feelings of bliss and joy as strong as possible. Relax your face and allow yourself to smile – it’s okay to be happy.
As you feel these wonderful feelings in your body, ask yourself what it would be like to be in this state most of the time.
There you are – Nirvana delivered via your computer:-)
No matter how you did this exercise, you will be feeling a lot better than you did a few minutes ago.
Now that you know how easily you can summon up your Nirvana, make a habit of doing so daily or even a few times each day.
A coaching friend asked me last week what it would it like for me to be living in Nirvana and I came up with 7 things covering all areas of my life:-
- Feeling blissful, peaceful and joyous
- Life of laughter and love
- Fulfilling, soul work, making a difference
- In a soul mate relationship
- Healthy, fit and energised
- Writing, coaching and speaking
- Worldwide impact through my work
In summary, I would be living a life of contribution, connection and celebration.
Clearly, all I have to do now is to actually start living as if I am already in Nirvana.:-)
Now over to you.
Please spend a few minutes (or however long it takes) today to get clear about your Nirvana in life. Deep down you already know the answers.
What’s your vision of Nirvana?
And what one single thing will you do today to move towards your own Nirvana?