A few "what ifs" to reflect on...
What if happiness was already always "within".
What if happiness
was more of a "being" or a "knowing" than a "doing"?
What if happiness (peace, love wisdom) was our default state (something we're born with) and that the feeling of it was simply realized and experienced in any of the moments when we
happened to not be fixated on our personal ideas of what or where happiness was?
What if the nature of life continually presented us with an up and down energetic flow of secure (happy) and insecure (not so happy) thought, and that the
trick wasn't to try to get or hang on to the secure flow, nor to try to avoid or numb or ignore or push down the insecure flow, but instead was to know that "up and down" was the nature of it all, and that happiness was experienced in simply, deeply realizing
the truth of that?
What if the understanding of happiness arose in simply realizing or sensing or remembering that we were intrinsically connected to everyone and everything in ways we can't even begin to comprehend (the oneness of life,
God, universal consciousness, universal mind, the energy of life itself)?
What if "All we were was peace, love, and wisdom, and the ability to create the illusion that we were not?" and that happiness was simply realizing that in some
What if happiness was simply knowing that it's completely OK to not feel happy?
What if happiness was knowing that at our core, we can never be broken?
What if happiness was not a state that
arose by effort, but a "knowing" that simply presented itself in the light of any moment of awareness?
What if happiness was not a result of effort, but was innate, and that all the efforting (trying to be what we already were) got in
the way of our realizing that?
What if happiness was simply and deeply knowing that we were always OK, no matter what (no matter whether we appeared to be happy or not)?
What if happiness was the exact OPPOSITE of
what we thought it was?... What if meditation, prayer, practicing gratitude, changing ourselves, changing our circumstances, avoiding/numbing/overcoming our pain was not the path to happiness, but instead, it was in our moments of realizing our intrinsic happiness
that we spontaneously expressed it through meditation, prayer, gratitude, service, change, play, and loving acceptance?
What if we didn't "get happiness" as a result of trying to get it, but already "were happiness" in complete absence
of all the trying?
What if God's language (happiness) was pure silence (always within us), and all else was poor translation?
What if happiness was simply the light of awareness?
What if happiness
was non-resistance to whatever is?
What if happiness was the awareness of the infinite abundance of life in ALL it's forms?
What if happiness was the realization of the impossibility and illusion of lack?
What if happiness was not a destination or a state to achieve, but a realization of being a willing passenger on this crazy, temporary, roller coaster ride of life?
What if happiness was a paradox... in that the achievement of it was
in the non-achieving of it?
What if happiness was not in the absence of hardships, but in our understanding of them?
What if happiness was more of a knowing than a believing?
What if happiness
was not just in the state of unbridled, uproarious laughter, but also in the complete absence of it?
What if happiness was just as present in the light as it was in the darkness?
What if happiness was always "right