Make the Radical Choice to Be Happy No Matter What

Make the radical choice to be happy no matter what.

Happiness is right here right now always, if we choose it. I promise! You can overcome your situational happiness and trade it for persistent happiness.

You and I place too many terms and conditions on our happiness. We say:

  • I’ll be happy if…
  • I’ll be happy when…

Yet we achieve those conditions and they may bring momentary happiness. Then we’re right back into dissatisfaction.

It’s not surprising. Our mainstream culture is a skilled merchant in unhappiness, fear, and dystopia. They sell it in bulk on the regular. We are easily swept into these eddies of dissatisfaction. If we’re not careful, they become our home.

I’m preaching at me as much as you this morning. I do it too. I place small print terms and conditions on my happiness. I waste days waiting and working for my conditions to materialize.

Buddha said, “The worst things in the world are desiring something and getting it.” I believe he was talking about this very cycle. We’re stuck in desiring rather than enjoying life. Then we get what we want and it loses its charms and appeal.

It IS a radical choice to be happy no matter what in such an environment. So, how do we achieve it?

Powerhack:

  1. Choose happiness over and over moment after moment. There’s no shortcut. Every moment presents us with a choice to be happy or be stuck in wanting and waiting.
  2. Be here now. This was the famous advice of Ram Dass. Most of our unhappiness, if you pay attention, exists in the past and the projected future. This moment is wonderful, if you choose to see it.
  3. Spend more time with roses and jasmine. This was the solution proposed by Rumi to his poetic question, “When you go to a garden do you look at thorns or flowers?” See the positive around you now.
  4. Be still and know. God or the universe, however you term it, has your back. Good things are coming. Be happy about them before they even arrive.
  5. Drop your terms and conditions and just be happy.

You are all awesome! Thanks for reading today’s post.

Ray

No Matter What Affirmations

Happy Friday, everyone! Regardless of what today brings, these “No Matter What” affirmations will keep you on track and on purpose.

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you are a one-in-a-trillion miracle.

Ray

What Comes Around…

It’s a simple principle of our multiverse. What comes around goes around. What you put out into the world comes back to you, not as punishment or reward. It simply comes back the way a boomerang does – because of the laws that govern it.

If you fill your world with negativity and a lack of concern for those around you, then that’s what’s headed back your way. Maybe not today, but one day.

If you fill your world with positivity, if you truly love your neighbor as you love yourself, then that’s what’s headed back your way.

It’s a law of our multiverse. It’s as certain as a rock dropped off a building falls to the ground.

This , perhaps, the best control mechanism we have over our future. It should be noted, that many believe that these principles apply over many lives.

What are your thoughts? Have you seen this at work in your life?

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you are awesome!

Ray

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Simple Loving Kindness Meditation

Good morning, my friends. The esteemed Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh was nominated by Martin Luther King, Jr. For the Nobel Peace Prize for his peaceful work to bring an end to the Vietnam War.

He called his work “Engaged Buddhism.” While older monks sought to remain above the fray in the the country’s civil war, Thay, as he’s known to his students today, led a group of younger monks who worked actively to stop the war. 

For his trouble, the victorious North Vietnamese exiled him from the country. Their loss was the West’s gain. He established his Plum Village Monastery in France and began sharing his message of peace and compassion with western readers.

My favorite book of his is Peace Is Every Step. The book is filled with wisdom and insight into our struggles as human beings and ways to release ourselves from them.

In that book, Hanh shares a simplified version of a Metta (Loving-Kindness) meditation that I have used off and in for many years. It’s a fantastic mantra for meditation, but is also a fantastic aspirational affirmation.

May I be happy.
May I be peaceful.
May I be free from suffering.

May all beings be happy.
May all beings be peaceful.
May all beings be free from suffering.

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you are awesome!

Ray

See The Good

We live in a world where seeing the bad, the ugly, and the disheartening is just too damn easy.

Sometimes you have to work hard too see the good. Make it a point to do so today.

See the good. Experience the beauty around you. Spread some joy. Partake in the fun. Smile, smile, and smile some more.

Life is serious, but not so serious that you must live without the happiness you deserve.

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you’re awesome!

Ray