There is no point in pursuing happiness, despite what you’ve been told.
It can’t be found because it’s not out there somewhere for you to find.
You can’t become happy by doing anything or buying something or being with someone special or having some wild experience in some faraway exotic location.
You can have fun doing all of those things but none of them will bring you lasting happiness.
None of them lasts forever:
- events finish.
- new stuff gets old.
- people move one.
- holidays end.
The only way to be happy is by decision – by choosing to be happy.
Happiness is a mindset or an attitude that’s available to you at all times and in all circumstances.
Choosing to be happy is an act of self-empowerment.
When you understand your happiness is not dependent on anyone or anything but yourself, you can give yourself permission to be happy despite what’s going on around you.
Stop chasing it.
Simply be what you want to be: happy.
Peter Mulraney is the author of My Life is My Responsibility: Insights for Conscious Living.
Some days you simply need to spend time with nature.
Get out of the house and stroll through the park. Walk on the beach or down by the river. Sit in the garden.
If there is nothing natural in your immediate environment, befriend a pot plant.
Old style mystics withdrew from the world into monasteries or convents, or they lived as hermits in a cave or a hut a long way from civilization.
Modern day mystics are called to embark on the journey in the middle of things. It’s no longer about running away, it’s about finding yourself right where you are.
Old style mystics relied on prayer, fasting, and isolation. They turned away from the experience of everyday life.
Today’s mystics are called to embrace the experience of everyday life, so you’ll need to use some different tools. Continue reading “A mystic’s toolkit”
It’s not about finding God. That’s an impossible task.
That which is, otherwise known as God and a host of other names, reveals itself to anyone who takes the journey inspired by the question: Who am I?
That’s the mystical journey.
The point of the mystical journey is not to find God but to become known by God, and the only way you can come to that is to know yourself. Continue reading “The mystical journey”
The journey starts that day you wake up and wonder what is going on in your life.
That’s the day you realize there has to be more to life than whatever you’ve been doing.
It’s the day you start questioning whether what people are telling you is the truth. It’s the day you stop being one of the herd.
That ‘day’ may dawn on you over a period of years or it may arrive as an unexpected life event you can’t fail to notice.
Continue reading “Crossing the start line”
We judge things all the time, so giving up judgment is a challenge.
One form of judgment is evaluation. This is where we consider the pros and cons of a situation before making a decision. We’re not talking about giving up that type of judgment. That type is fairly useful in the conduct of daily life.
The form of judgment that gives us trouble is the judgment of others and of self. This is the type of judgment where we are critical and often fall into the trap of condemning. Continue reading “I am not here to judge or be judged.”
An opportunity to review and plan.
Use the review to record what worked for you and to identify the things you want to work on. It’s also a good time for deciding what things need to be let go and left behind.
Want to achieve something in 2017? Now’s the time to set some goals and plan how you will achieve them.
One approach to planning I like is Bob Baker’s rule of three system, which stops you from overloading yourself with goals. Here’s how it works.
- List the three main goals you want to achieve this year.
- Identify three actions you plan to take to achieve each goal.
- Translate those planned actions into three daily tasks.
In my world, one of those daily tasks is writing, which is always associated with the actions required to achieve my overall goal of being a successful writer.
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