What makes our experience? Is it the things that happen to us? Is it what people tell us or don’t tell us? Is it the climate or the environment in which we live?
Some people get cheated on their money and they get mad about it. Others get cheated the same way and just smilingly accept it. Some people desperately need the approval of others in order to function, others just don’t care if others approve or not. Some people live in a concrete jungle and feel depressed, others just do fine living in such environment.
To make a long story short, it’s about how we think about the things that happen to us. This makes our experience. Neurologically speaking it’s our talamus (part of our brain), which is considered to be “The door to our consciousness”, which filters our sensual input and thus regulates our experience. Philosophically speaking it’s the terms and categories in which we think, and which value system we adopt, that make our experience. Spiritually speaking it’s the level of consciousness we live in or which we cultivated, that makes our experience.
So, if we change the way we think we change the way we experience things. By thinking we mean how we approach life, what convictions we hold about life, and most of all, what beliefs and convictions we hold about ourselves. We speak of transformation of consciousness. There are different levels of consciousness. According to the Bhagavad-gita, the highest level of consciousness is attained in sattva-guna, or the mode of goodness. This mode is characterized by awareness of the true nature of things. By being aware of the true nature of our being and the world, we will be able to experience true happiness.