What Is Happiness?
As we come to the time of mass consciousness’ of wishing everyone a Happy New Year I wanted to take a moment to explore just what is happiness?
There are few ideals as difficult to take hold of as that of happiness. In our moment to moment experience we constantly face happiness and unhappiness, yet we remain quite unaware as to what happiness is.
I have pondered this for a long time in my search, I have asked many people there thoughts as to what happiness was, for the most part as it involved the happiness of my female friends. Many of who first thought about happiness as a matter of becoming financially secure, getting married and having children. As I look at friends who got married including me, I realized that marriage didn’t necessarily guarantee happiness.
I have known of couples who had been passionately in love suffering from discord soon after their wedding. Also I know of friends who had married men with money or status but who fought constantly with their husbands.
Slowly but surely, I realized that the secret of happiness lay in a strong inner communion with the Source of my life. This connection that grows ever stronger with each trial and hardship. I know that happiness for anyone – man or woman – does not come simply from having a formal education, having money or from marriage. It is a knowing from deep within that is unshakable.
Grandmother Pa’Ris’Ha says it this way, “Of myself I am a no thing, of my God, I am all things…” this says to me that who, what and how, I am is as God intends for me to be. In the Bible we find Master Jesus saying it this way, “I and the Father are one…” Here again it is saying that there is no separation between me and the Source of my Being. Our happiness comes from these truths within our lives. It begins with having the strength to confront and conquer one’s own weaknesses. Only then does it become possible to lead a truly happy life.
“Now I can say with self-confidence that happiness doesn’t exist in the past or in the future. It only exists within my state of life right now, here in the present, as I face the challenges of daily life.”
“Remember happiness doesn’t depend upon who you are or what you have; it depends solely on what you think.”
– Dale Carnegie