In pursuit of happiness? Allow joy!
A popular aim for most human is to be happy.
‘I just want to be happy!’
‘I don’t care as long as I am happy.’
‘Happiness is the most important thing to me.’
Recognise yourself in any of these statements? Being happy is wonderful, exhilarating and for some, a perfect state of being. However indicative in these statements is that the happiness is a goal, and end to a journey which once you eventually arrive there, you should do everything to stay at, remaining still at this blissful destination. In which case it could imply that on reaching the station of happiness one should stop; never change anything and remain in the happiness.
All of us at some time, go through periods in our life when we feel overwhelmed, trapped, and full of grief or anger. That is normal; but even in these times we can find moments of joy and pleasure and we can choose to notice them. Whether these experiences are sights, tastes, smells, sounds or physical touch, we can choose to allow that joy into our life at that moment irrespective of what is troubling us.
Allowing yourself to experience that joy is part of loving yourself. It will create a happiness within you that is present all the time; not a destination but a state of mind.
I love you, humanity,