Happiness is your nature

Happiness is your nature

“Happiness is your nature. It is not wrong to desire it. What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside.” ~Ramana Maharshi

We so often default to thinking that our happiness is dictated by our surroundings, so we wait to be happy until we get this, achieve that, or experience some other thing, but happiness comes from within. Yes, some circumstances may make it easier, but always looking outside ourselves will keep us from ever truly finding it.

Laughter

Laughter

“Nothing is worth more than laughter. It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light.” ~Frida Kahlo

When was the last time you abandoned your usual restraints to allow yourself a good, long belly laugh? It’s something most of us would do well to seek out more often!

Choosing our response

Choosing our response

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” ~Viktor Frankl

Learning to recognize and take advantage of that space is one of the most self-empowering things we can ever do because it returns our choices back to us. Growth and freedom always comes in taking advantage of those choices rather than defaulting to our current programming.

Life as a plural noun

Life as a plural noun

“Who would deduce the dragonfly from the larva, the iris from the bud, the lawyer from the infant? …We are all shape-shifters and magical reinventors. Life is really a plural noun, a caravan of selves.” ~Diane Ackerman

I’ve found this to be so true in my life. So many old versions of myself have died off along the way as I continually shape-shift into new, reinvented versions of myself. The more I embrace this truth, the easier those transformations become.