“The seed of suffering in you may be strong, but don’t wait until you have no more suffering before allowing yourself to be happy.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh
Just because we are hurting doesn’t mean there aren’t opportunities for moments of happiness all around us. One does not need to exclude the other. Allow yourself to be happy when those moments come, even if your suffering is not over.
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“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.
“You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.” ~Jonathan Safran Foer
It’s so hard to let down the walls around my heart that I erect in attempts to protect myself from any sadness or hurt, but the truth is they don’t really work anyway and they keep out as much (or more) happiness than anything else.
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“It isn’t always a change of scenery needed to make life better. Sometimes it simply requires opening your eyes.” ~Richelle E. Goodrich
It’s so easy to believe that the grass is greener somewhere else (or some other time or under some other conditions), but our focus on wishing we were elsewhere causes us to miss out on the beauty and happiness available to us right here in this moment in this place.
Take a moment right now to be fully present here and now to truly see and appreciate how much good is already present.
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“Ever since happiness heard your name, it has been running through the streets trying to find you.” ~Hafiz
We spend so much time and effort seeking happiness. What difference would it make to imagine that happiness is instead seeking us and that we only needed to slow down enough to let ourselves be found?