When you don’t cover up the world with words and labels, a sense of the miraculous returns to your life that was lost a long time ago when humanity, instead of using thought, became possessed by thought.
The following words are from Eckhart Tolle:
Many people who choose to seek the spiritual path do so because they are, quite frankly, miserable. They have lived a life that lacks meaning, feels empty, is filled with reactivity, or perhaps is emotionally excruciating. Whether mild or severe, pain itself is the great motivator when it comes to choosing to grow psychologically and spiritually. And it can be said that this is one benefit that pain and suffering offer to human beings.
Emotional pain and psychological suffering often are felt as depression or unhappiness. It is human nature to desire happiness and a life that feels full, satisfying and alive. When there is a gap between that desire and the reality of our life, we may feel keenly interested in finding out what will bring us happiness.
There are two steps to becoming more happy.
First, we must understand why we are unhappy. In a nutshell, we are unhappy because we are trapped in the small, limited confines of our ego personality – identified with a false self that is not who we really are. The ego is endlessly preoccupied with past and future, which are also false realities in the sense that neither are ever happening NOW. The less we are experiencing ourselves and life in the present moment, which is where reality exists, the more unreal and false our life is and the less happy we will be. Understanding this will begin to help liberate you from ego and its trappings and live increasingly in the aliveness of present moment.
The second approach to becoming more happy is contained in a little secret that is very simple and very potent. The great Indian philosopher and spiritual teacher J. Krishnamurti expressed this secret in a lecture he gave near the end of his life. He said to his audience, “Do you want to know my secret?… My secret is that I don’t mind what happens.”
I don’t mind what happens. Another way of saying this is
“I accept the present moment as it is.”
“The present moment is my friend, not my enemy.”
“I am in alignment with what is, as it is, in this moment.”
“Whatever is happening in this moment is OK, neither good nor bad. It just is.”
The secret to happiness is letting go of judgment and resistance to the way things are. When we accept and align with what is, we are not resigning ourselves to a fate we may or may not like. We are empowering ourselves with peace, tranquility and a sense of clarity that will allow us to make wise, non-reactive choices about our conditions.
When we befriend the present moment with acceptance and non-resistance, we will feel more peaceful and be less torn by what we like and don’t like. To be more happy, make friends with what is.
Here is a question to ask yourself regularly through your day:
“Am I making the present moment my friend or my enemy?”
Be aware that unhappiness seems to be caused by the situation you find yourself in. But if you look more closely, unhappiness is caused by a story in your head that you are telling yourself about the situation. And there lies the possibility of freedom—because you are free NOT to tell yourself that story.
If all humans practiced that, the entire vibrational field on the planet would shift. And that’s just all humans who find themselves in very difficult situations and are “unhappy” about it.
The eternal present is the space within which your whole life unfolds, the one factor that remains constant. Life is now. There was never a time when your life was not now, nor will there ever be.
“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.”
“Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.”
“Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time—past and future—the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is.”