It’s what every human wants, we all want to be happy. As a child I remember pulling a wish bone and wishing for happiness. It took many, many years before I realised how I could be happy. I used to think that happiness came from being with the ‘right’ person, having the ‘right’ things or being in the ‘right’ situations. Eventually life taught me that happiness is inside of me and not dependent on anything outside of me.
It appears, mingled with feelings of freedom and gratitude, and comes from letting go of judgments, attachments and controlling. Life is what it is, people and things come and go, situations change – that is the transitory nature of life. It’s our reaction to these things that cause us suffering.
True happiness is a natural state of being waiting to be discovered beneath the layers of mind made judgments, attachments and resistance to what is. The path to happiness is inwards. By being watchful and aware you can detach yourself from the incessant stream of thoughts allowing them to be but not getting involved with them.
They are only thoughts, hundreds of thousands of them vying for your attention like needy little children. Let them be there without getting caught up in them. Sometimes though a thought will seem important and grab your attention and maybe cause emotion. When this happens breathe deeply, it’s still OK. Just feel the emotion, let it be ok and let go of the thought.
Practice this consistently and you will experience that the more you can let go of being attached to your thoughts the more peaceful you feel. The more peaceful you feel inside, the more peaceful your outer experience will be (all of life reflects the inner experience).
As the mind begins to quieten life appears to slow down and you find yourself feeling as if you are resting in a sea of okayness. With this comes the recognition of joy within this new field of awareness.
Happiness is already within you. You don’t need to move house, win the lottery etc. etc. to experience it. You just have to let go a little/lot to let it be revealed.
Incidentally though, once happiness is found within, as natural Law dictates, it is reflected back in ones life experiences with a life that flows with synchronicity, prosperity and all things good.