… but where can it be?
Where do you seek your happiness? In your day? In your job? From your loved one? The simple moments of your day? Your home? Your pet? Your career? Your FitBit? Your iPhone? Your Android? Candy Crush Saga? A sunset? A sunrise? A cup of coffee? A vodka tonic?
A daydream? Your favorite song? A great concert? The smile of a baby? The joy of a toddler? The color of that house down the street that you see everyday? The color of the sky sometimes? Your fave magazine at the newsstand? That old photograph of you and your mom? That new photo of your partner (you know the one)? Where do you seek your happiness?
Your joy? Your ecstasy? From where do you source your joie de vivre? (That’s joy of living for those who don’t know the term.) Do you ever lose your happiness?
Do you ever lose your joy? What does your joy mean to you? What does the phrase “looking for happiness” mean to you? Do you ever think of this? Do you know what really makes you happy?
Joy seems simple, yes? It can be found in so many places. And even if it’s fleeting, it can be lifting and fun. Yet it can be complicated. For some of you, those questions were fun. You reveled in them. For some of you, those questions were hard and began to annoy you. You were wondering when I was going to get to the point.
The simplicity and the complication. This is the rub. Most of us don’t think this much about our happiness. We don’t want to. We just want to be happy. It’s supposed to be that simple. However, if the world around us stops providing us with enough fodder to be happy, we get disappointed, jaded, bitter, even angry with the world around us. Our disappointment becomes devastation and our bitterness becomes despair, and all of us have experienced some kind of depression – whether it lasted momentarily, or we had to seek external help to alleviate our symptoms. The real rub?
… We look for our joy and our happiness outside of ourselves. This means that there will never be enough to satisfy our ever-increasing desire to find happiness. That’s why so many books and magazine articles and healing modalities and yoga practices and everything else are dedicated to telling you how to be happy — how to find your happy place. Except no one can give you a formula for finding happiness. Any formula, by its very existence, has a half-life that will never fulfill your ever-increasing desire to be happy.
So, here at the (r)evolution of bliss, we say we have all forgotten that the natural state of a human being is joy, and that there is a profound simplicity to this joy. We’ve forgotten that bliss / joy / happiness / enthusiasm / excitement / ecstasy / verve / elation / and all other emotional versions of this end of the emotional spectrum are actually the very nature of our souls – within us always, just waiting to be tapped, felt and enjoyed. And given they are always within us, by that notion alone, makes them unlimited and infinite in quantity – meaning you can tap that all day, every day for the rest of your life and never bottom out.
However, it is in our societal notion of being more complex than this “foolish,” “childish,” and “simplistic” way – even going so far as to call it folly and demean ourselves for even considering it seriously – that we are at the mercy of the heaving pressure of societal obligation to be “real”.
This duty we feel to be more than what we are to satisfy the “real” quotient – because being joyful is simply not enough… This duty that we often think is accompanied by our own uninhibited authenticity, but… it can also essentially be smoke and mirrors. These smoke and mirrors have become an obfuscation of our wonder and marvel at the beauty of our world because we are often chided by others and made to feel silly, childish and immature for marveling in the simplicity of these wonders and pleasures alone. This obfuscation as a result of our feeling derided, demeaned, and belittled by others is accompanied by a sense of guilt for having been betrayed by our own joy and happiness then sets in negativity, cynicism and bad feelings for what we cannot fully reconcile in our hearts about this world, the society we pay heed to no matter how much we say we don’t, and the way we feel about it all.
By that token, we end up complicating our happiness, deciding it must be a “search” that is continually outside of ourselves — mostly because it cannot be as simple as being right where we are always. That would be stupid to think! And we want to be intellectual, or at the very least, smart. We make our joy / happiness / bliss complex, and search for it in everything that would make it ever-elusive and ever-dwindling – because we have to go further, farther, faster, harder to get the new high, as the old one became simple and not enough. We intuitively know it won’t last if we seek it outside of ourselves, so then old maxims about how happiness doesn’t last begin to make more sense commonly.
I mean, don’t you know none of the good stuff does? Have you seen this world we live in? (Maxims with negative tinges are a plenty in this world.)
But the (r)evolution of bliss is here… to bring you back to the reality you know within. The truth of you as a being in this vast world that goes beyond what we can see and is inclusive of all the good that exists in the Universe and beyond. That reality is where good feelings can be had by any of us in any moment, and all of these good feelings are right within you. No need to search, seek, or find.
You can create your good feelings. All the time. Every time. You are the creator of your world. And only you. This is your greatest power. You can even call it a superpower if you want.
It is your bliss… awaiting your revelation. The (r)evolution of your bliss awaits you.
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