May 5, 2016 How Do You Define Happiness?
No matter what we do, we all seek to be happy in some way. Many people define happiness by the level of success they find in their lives. The manner of how we define our success is just as different as our methods toward realizing it. Happiness is the ultimate success! No matter how you define happiness, no other understanding will satisfy you more than realizing that it comes from nothing.
“Success is getting what you want; happiness is wanting what you get.” – Dale Carnegie
The idea of happiness coming from nothing brings much confusion to the mind. Confusion is a blessing that leads to an understanding of something new. Much of our stress comes from the expectations we have toward certain events in our lives. When things don’t pan out in the manner we had planned, we become emotional. The key is to abandon those expectations and allow nature to take its course. When you embrace the nothingness, the universe has no limitations as to what it can provide you.
“When nothing is sure, everything is possible.” – Jah
When we realize our attachment and hold on our ideas and expectations, we gain limitless possibilities. Think of holding a baseball in your hand, as the fingers wrap around the ball, there is no room for anything else. When the ball is released and the hand is empty, the entire universe sits in the palm of your hand.
“I aint got no muscles for that kinda weight!”
This is the nothingness state, where you have released expectations. It is only in this time where true happiness can prevail. Too often we stand in our own way of our ability to be abundantly happy. Happiness cannot be found in different things or far off locations; it is here and now.
“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why they call it the present.” – Bil Keane
When our mind is not focused to what was or what will be, we find ourselves in total bliss in the present moment. Think of a time in your life were you were laughing hysterically. As you laughed, tears would roll down your face. At this time, your mind resides in the present moment, and there’s nothing more you seek or anywhere else you would rather be; you are living in total abundant joy.
“Which route do I take to get there again?”
Too often we race around in all sorts of directions searching for happiness. As we move about frantically, we become distressed and anxious. The answer to relieving ourselves of this emotional strain is by letting it all go. There is nothing more that you need that you don’t have already. All the different ideas of what we feel we need in order to be happy, only block our ability to be happy.
“Happiness is a conscious choice, not an automatic response.”
We hear this often but many people will argue that until they get what they are looking for, they will not be happy. The decision is made when we are in a state of just being. In this state we become witness to the wonder and glory that the universe unfolds for us.
“The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.” – Eden Phillpotts
No amount of money or expensive toys can match the depth and power of the universe. For those of us who define their happiness to a certain thing, their happiness becomes limited to just that one thing. The problem with that is that things tend to get boring real fast because the mind is never satisfied. The mind has been exercised to stay active and keep seeking more, this only creates a momentum for the mind to keep racing around. In an effort to restore our happiness we will have to search for the next item. This will continue on until we realize that happiness comes from nothing.
Empty your mind and release your expectations to find limitless joy in all things you do. This is how to be successfully happy!