“For me happiness occurs arbitrarily: a moment of eye contact on a bus, where all at once you fall in love; or a frozen second in a park where it’s enough that there are trees in the world.”
We are actually much happier than we believe….
But in our frantic busyness…
Our steely beliefs…
Our deep pain…
We have forgotten.
We have forgotten to Pause to look for what delights our Mind, our Body, our Soul.
It’s actually all right there before us.
Waiting for us to notice.
“Look! Here I am…inside the sunset!”
“No wait! That delicious smell…what is that?!”
“How about ME?! This gentle breeze on your skin? The sun? Or the sharp clean air of a freezing wind? Rain on your skin?”
“Oh my but there’s the trees whispering comfort in their swaying branches and leaves!”
“But how delicious is this precious bite of food that crunches…or melts…or sends a burst of tanginess in my mouth?!?!”
“Oh that feeling
My heart is filled.
My heart is hardened.
My heart aches…
My heart can empty
So my heart can hold it all…
Each one gets a turn.
If I notice then let go.
A rhythm in my heart.
To follow my heart’s beat.
This is living out happiness.
“Yes I feel you there. I can keep you for just a moment…
The not so happy…
Then I can allow you to pass by.
So I may feel the next heart visitor, and the next…and the next.”
Pause just three times today.
Can you find delight when at first there seems to be none?
Note which of your senses is now receiving happiness, however small or large.
Believe that happiness IS there.
Practice KNOWING this.
This is Gratitude…
Your beating heart will tell you so.
Share these moments.
By passing a smile to a stranger
Writing in a journal
Sending a note of thankfulness via mail (Yes, handwritten with a stamp!)
Creating a piece of “art” (no need to be Michaelangelo, just YOU!!)
Encouraging a friend via text or call
Reaching out to someone who may be at a distance from you.
Happiness is surrounding us constantly.
Stop. Be still.
Notice what is there.
Immerse your very soul.
Now go forth and share.