The secret to happiness IS............
you must eat watermelon everyday! Ha!
Just kidding... if only happiness were that easy.
Well in fact it is simpler than we think.
We like to complicate things we humans.
We think we are the superior beings on this planet... but we can all too often be a miserable bunch of whingers!
We seem to love to fight against the very simple laws of nature and life.
Granted we are complex beings but peace and happiness is relatively simple and it requires just one simple step.
The real question is... are you ready to take that step?
On my 20 year search for happiness I have realised one simple truth and I discovered this truth after working and studying with five different groups of people and applying their wisdom to my own life.
The five groups were...
1. the dying I worked in palliative care and talked to many on their death beds
2. the sick/unwell I worked in hospitals as an Occupational Therapist with people facing major injury and illness who had just experienced a big life 'wake up call'
3. the 'poor' I lived with families in South America and India who had very little money but very big smiles!
4. the 'rich' Well let's face it, the west is full of 'successful/rich/famous people' and I love to ask them how happy they actually are...
5. the enlightened I've certainly done my fair share of guru hopping and have sat and listened to the wisest people on the planet
There is one simple thing that all of these people agree on as the most important truth that ensures happiness.
Before I share what it is....
I would first like to bet that you have heard it before.
In fact I bet that you have heard this simple truth about a thousand times.
I bet you are so excited to hear what it is.
BUT most of you will finally read it and say...
"Yeah good one Courtney... I already know that and I'm still not happy!"
OR "yeah that sounds great but my problem is still this, that and the other."
OR "that sounds too easy and simple to be true so I will go on complicating things"
Most of you will read this simple truth and then forget about it and race on with your day to find happiness out there.
I know... because I said and did all of these things myself for years too... until I was finally exhausted and desperate enough... drowning in my own self inflicted suffering to be really READY to hear it.
Not just hear it... but really listen.
To listen with my ears, my mind, my heart and my soul.
This simple truth requires a maturity and a readiness to value silence over noise, to value simplicity over complexity and to value truth over our desires.
Suspense build up in motion!
So I am going to tell you the simple truth to finding happiness and the one thing you need to do to fully realise it.
But I recommend that when I finally tell you... (do I remind you of the annoying TV shows that drag out the suspense until you're going mad? Just flippin tell me now! Ha!)
I recommend that when I finally tell you... that you pause and read it slowly.
I recommend that you read it with razor sharp presence.
I recommend that you take a deep breath and give it time to seep in.
Contemplate the simple truth. Bathe in it!
I recommend that you write it down a thousand times, tape it you your forehead, change your middle name to it and you get a T-shirt printed with the words on it.
The simple truth to peace and happiness is to...
ENJOY WHAT IS.
Yep... that's it. Time to hit the bold font...
ENJOY WHAT IS.
Plain, simple... yet life shatteringly powerful if you are ready to STOP chasing happiness out there, close your eyes, take in a deep breath and simply enjoy this moment right now.
This moment is precious.
You are precious.
Your life could be falling down around you right now, you could be dying today, you could be physically broken and battered, you could have no money and no friends... and happiness is still uncovered in the simplicity of...
ENJOYING WHAT IS
This is the simple gem offered by all of the 5 groups above.
Enjoy where your life is at right now. Whether it is filled with pleasure or pain.
Happiness is not the absence of pain. It is the acceptance of it as a natural part of life.
Yes keep moving in the direction of your dreams.
Yes keep taking one courageous step at a time based on the guidance of your instincts.
Yes keep working to improve the quality of your life and your relationships.
But most importantly give yourself the gift of enjoying your life circumstances right now. Don't wait until your life is all sorted. Coz guess what? Life will never be 'all sorted'... the nature of life is constant change, movement, growth and decay.
Look around you gorgeous one!
Look at your life.
Breathe it in just as it is.
And once you have done that... I have a question for you.
Has your peace and happiness just been magnified?
If so fabulous! All it took was some attention on the now and accepting it... simply as it is.
The one thing that you need to do to ensure you fully awaken to this truth is to surrender.
Simple! The more you surrender to this moment the more happiness you will reveal.
To surrender we simply let go of all of the things we are resisting. Surrender all of your objections with your current state of reality. Surrender to how things are rather than fighting for them to be as you want them to be.
Exhale and surrender all of your resistance and then breathe in life as it is.
The joke of it all, is that the one thing that needs to be 'done'... is not actually an action. Surrender is not something we can DO it is a deep and complete relaxation to allow life to simply happen.
The key to happiness is to realise that happiness is already here! So enjoy what is in this moment and surrender to life NOW!
You are what you seek!
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