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Monday, September 20, 2010

HAPPINESS IS NOT A DESTINATION


The outer world serves as a mirror and our inner world has a magnetic force that draws to us what we need to evolve. We spend a lot of our lives looking for ways to ensure our happiness and while there is nothing wrong with that, in fact, having the ‘right’ set of things in place @ the ‘right’ time can REALLY make one feel good. However, it is important to realize that in the absence of ‘right’ place and time, we need to know that know that happiness is NOT a destination, but a journey.

We carry within us everything we need to make ourselves happy to make progress on our paths. The outer world serves as a mirror. Or to use another metaphor, our inner world has a magnetic force that draws to us what we need to make ourselves happy. All we need to do to see that we already have everything we need is to let go of our belief that we need to seek in order to find. So many of us believe that the path to happiness is often defined as a journey with a goal such as the mythical pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. In this metaphor, a person begins a search for something they want but do not have and then they find it, and there is a happy ending. However, most of us know that getting what we want only makes us happy for a moment, and then the happiness passes until a new object of desire presents itself. Joy is a permanent aspect of our inner selves and is not separate from us at any point. We do not have to travel to find it or imagine that it resides only in the body of another. In fact, what the journey will do is point out that this very precious elixir is something we already possess.

So when we find ourselves on our path, not knowing which way to turn and wishing for guidance, we can turn to ourselves. We may not know the right answer rationally or intellectually, but if we simply ask, let go, and wait patiently, an answer will come. The more we practice this and trust this process, the less we will look outside ourselves for teachers and guides for we will have successfully become our own. I know taking what I say makes the ambitions we dream of realizing even MORE complex because pitfalls and setbacks deter and affect our progress and leeches away our passion. But we can imagine the joyful realization of our goals in our mind’s eye; we will gleefully bask in the little bouts of happiness along the way. Delays simply oblige us to rewrite our timetables and reassess our strategies. Which can ONLY keep our eagerness keen, regardless of how long we must wait to attain to achieve that one goal we feel will make us happy. 

G'MORNING!

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