Happiness Comes From Within

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At the root of any desire
is the belief
that if we get the thing we want
it will make us happy.

But we fool ourselves with this belief.
As soon as we get what we want,
another desire jumps in to take the place
of the desire fulfilled,
in a never-ending stream
of wanting, wanting, wanting.

And we live like this,
frantically jumping
from craving to craving,
trying desperately to find fulfillment.

This is the prison we are in,
Where we are the warden,
We are the prisoner.
And we are the key.

If we are ever to escape from our dark prison
into the fresh clear daylight of this beautiful world,
it is essential
that we identify our specific desires
and question them, each and every one.

Do they stem from the drive
to prove our self worth to ourselves or the world?
If so, time to calmly and firmly let those desires go.

But if we discover a desire
to express our truest self,
and in that expression
feel so ecstatically, blissfully happy
that we light the way for others to do the same,
by all means, do what needs to be done
to manifest this desire
with all your powers of creation!

We might eventually discover
that the experience of the specific joys
we’re dreaming about
is simply a reflection
of the universal, inexhaustible joy
that flows from our truest selves.

Happiness come from within.
Anyone telling you anything different
is trying to sell you something.

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4 responses »

  1. Yes, yes! I love this. I really try to live this way, try to make choices in favor of activities that have the most meaning to me, that feed my soul. My favorite lines:
    “a desire
    to express our truest self,
    and in that expression
    feel so ecstatically, blissfully happy
    that we light the way for others to do the same,”
    Wonderful and inspirational!

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