Tuesday, October 5, 2021

October 5--Happy?

Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy. 
--Guillaume Apollinaire

    I love this! In a world pervaded by the moving target of perfectionism, I think we sometimes fuss too much about getting all the supposed trappings of happiness in order rather than simply being happy. 
    A friend and I had a discussion recently regarding meditation. There are those who would say that one must study meditation, practice many years and sit in perfect posture in order to get it right. Some would say that the only way to do it wrong is to not do it. But wait... isn't the purpose of meditation to get in touch with the Higher Self/Spirit within? It's right here, all the time! We can simply hang out, talk, debate, sit quietly at any moment. There's no where to go to get more of it. It's within. So is happiness!
    I offer the same sentiments regarding heaven. Religions tend to encourage the pursuit of heaven at the end of life, suggesting that we must behave and believe in certain ways in order to someday achieve some level of bliss. It is much more logical to me to create and enjoy heaven here and now, so that when we do transition from this life, it's simply an eternal continuum of bliss, joy and peace. 
    Happy now,
Barney knows how to just be happy.

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