What is happiness? How do we attain happiness? Where does happiness even come from? An even better question to ask is… am I genuinely happy? As great as these questions are to ask, there’s actually a paradox with asking them, and that is, these questions actually strip us of our “real” happiness. This may confuse some of you reading this, and for others, you may see where I’m going.
The reason why asking ourselves the questions mentioned above, rob us of our authentic happiness, is the simple fact of not being completely Present. The main cause of this is often due to Unconscious thought, which creates unconscious feelings/emotions. When this chain of unconsciousness is present, our happiness will simply fade the same way that the sun fades when a massive storm cloud rolls in and covers the sun. And like the sun, our happiness still shines bright; it’s just being blocked by our unconscious thoughts and emotions. In order to allow our authentic happiness to shine once again in our lives, we must become present once more.
Placing our happiness in “things”, is another way to lose our true happiness. Often times, most of us think that money, people, a big house, fancy sports cars, traveling all over the world and so on, will bring about happiness, but it actually doesn’t. This is not to say that these things are not great, no, all of these things are awesome, but they are just temporary Enhancements. Going back to what was mentioned before, our happiness can only be found in one place, and one place only – the here and now.
The more we get lost in our unconscious thoughts (ego), and the more we place our happiness in material things, and other people, the further we get from being naturally happy. Don’t get me wrong, having enhancements allows for this life we have to become very fun, interesting and enjoyable, but all enhancements have their season. Once that season ends, the “happiness” you once placed in those people or material objects, will fade away with them. This is the result of “artificial” happiness, and the main cause of stress, depression, and anxiety. The key is to find and radiate your true authentic happiness that lies deep within your soul, creating non-resistance, non-attachment, and non-judgment to; people, material objects and your self
Now this doesn’t mean become a boring person, no, what this means is, to be able to trust and Be. This allows your true authentic happiness to become more present in your life. It’s challenging to achieve this at first because this is most likely all new to you, but I promise you it can be done. This is the only way to truly be happy, and eventually become Enlightened. You will know you’ve discovered your authentic happiness when you genuinely feel at peace and calm in your own silence, not having the need to seek out anything or anyone. And when you’re around people, or obtain a certain material object, you feel humbled and grateful.
Being present, free from unconscious thought, free from resistance, attachment, judgment, and ego, is happiness. This is how we attain happiness, and this is where it comes from. You won’t find your it anywhere else, but deep within yourself. Such a beautiful concept that anyone can implement once realized. Breath, let go and be Present, if you want to truly be happy.
The present is all that we have, and the present is the only place in which our happiness exists.
– Damien Williams