If you’re happy…

If you’re happy …

Congratulations. Don’t waste your time with this…go, be happy (and share your journey in the comments).

If you’re not happy, it’s not because you’re ill, or you’re poor, or you don’t have a good relationship, or you’re not attractive/fit/smart/capable enough, or that you don’t deserve happiness…it’s simply because you are uneasy. You have forgotten how to be. Somewhere back there you started to take the ego’s game too seriously. All you have to do is to awaken.

“Why should I awaken” is a valid question to ask. I frequently say awakening is simple, to break through the commonly held belief that it is not, but I do recognize it’s not always an easy process for many. It can go up and down. There may be some emotional turmoil and confusion. It can throw your life into chaos. So why? Why would anyone bother to awaken?

I can think of three reasons that will satisfy the mind. One, Awakening is being at ease. Living life in flow, from a place of ease is far easier than being a slave to the neurotic ego. Second, Awakening is Truth, where you will make your own discoveries about the truth of existence. And third, awakening opens up possibilities. For the unawakened, the future is a bunch of probabilities, based on the limited mind and fear—the future cannot be anything other than a variation of the past.

Imagine the possibility of bliss, energy, and joy. Imagine the highest possibility for everyone. Imagine the highest possibility for your relationships, your work, your passions…imagine a world absent of ego, a planet absent of war and crime…imagine a place and time where human beings live to celebrate life with community, compassion, singing and dancing…a planet absent of torture and hunger.

Gandhi said “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

It starts with YOU.

10 thoughts on “If you’re happy…

  1. positively present

    You’re right — it starts with YOU. That is so true. Whatever you want to be — happy, awakened, living in the moment — it’s up to YOU to do it. It’s only recently that I’ve learned this but it’s one of the most important lessons I’ve ever learned. Thank you for reminding me of it here.
    [rq=472,0,blog][/rq]dip your toes into the moment

    1. Kaushik Post author

      Namaste Positivelypresent,

      yes, my experience is the same. I’m not sure why have to go through the gyrations of life. I did that for a long time before I stopped wagging my finger at the world and turned it towards me. It’s so wonderful that you’ve turned the corner…now the party really begins!

      Shanti
      k

  2. Brenda

    I’m imagining all those things you mentioned, Kaushik. There is much imagining to be done to get us there, to a world free of war and crime and ego. We’re already seeing the beginning of the end of torture and hunger. I’m hopeful about our future and my children are too. Enjoyed your article.
    [rq=1437,0,blog][/rq]Lounge Lizard

    1. Kaushik Post author

      Namaste Brenda,

      I think we are on the in the beginning of the Age of Consciousness. It’s a great time to be alive! Good to see you here again.

      Shanti,
      Kaushik

  3. Masi

    Hello Kaushik!

    I want to thank you for being there for me in my process. And, I want to share with you that I am now happy 🙂

    1. Kaushik Post author

      Hi Masi,

      It’s so wonderful to hear from you again, and so very heart-warming to hear that you’re happy! It really does start with YOU!

      Peace
      Kaushik

  4. Alex - unleash reality

    really liked the way you wrote that. specially the beginning. engaging and bam – full gripping, but with a slight smirk 🙂

    i don’t think it’s even that we’ve forgotten how to be happy but we’ve learned how to not be happy. kinda the same thing i ‘spose but seems more empowering and real that we can always be happy and we just don’t than to think we’ve forgotten how.

    i really liked how you put awakening as ease. the essence of yoga – total state of ease.

    inspiring stuff.
    all the best
    alex – unleash realtiy

    1. Kaushik Post author

      Alex, thanks! Yes, you’re right, it feels empowering to know that happiness is at our command…happiness just is, it seemingly is not when we build concepts around it, including the concept of happiness and unhappiness. It boggles the mind–and that is exactly the point!

      Thanks for your encouraging and insightful comments.

      Shanti,
      Kaushik

  5. Johnny

    I think people are so bombarded with everyday stimuli and reaction to that stimuli that we forgot how to act and allow others and our environment to react. Slwo down, think, then act decisively for the betterment of oneself and others and external events will react to us! As one friend said so bluntly, “If everyone just took care of their one diaper, there would be no shit left over !”

    1. Kaushik Post author

      Welcome Johnny! Yes, indeed, change starts with each individual; as Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” As you say, it’s about slowing doing, being stillness, and letting the natural intelligence and knowingness arise!

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