The Pursuit of Happiness

“When I was 5 years old, my mom told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up; I wrote down “happy.” They told me I didn't understand the assignment, and I told them they didn't understand life.”

- John Lennon.

Everytime I see this quote pop with comments like, “happiness is the most important thing for me in life”… I can’t help but think we’re missing the point completely, and that perhaps Mr Lennon's message has become a little misunderstood in a the constant pursuit of happiness. 

Happiness is just ONE emotion of so very many - and just as impermanent as all the rest. 

So while we're so occupied with the need to feel happy and comfortable all of the time, are we actually happy and comfortable all of the time?

For me, not so much. The more I focus my ridiculous expectations on trying to feel friggen GREAT 24/7, the worse I feel. 

In the Vedic worldview, it's believed that discomfort is just as integral to evolution as happiness. In other words, we need to let discomfort in for creativity to follow. 

It’s okay not to be okay. And I know you may already know that, but it’s one thing to know this and another thing to embody it. 

Emotions, just like everything else, have the inevitability of change. We can make this transience more bearable and actually use it to our advantage through practicing awareness and embodying acceptance. That is, to be aware of our highly critical intellect and to let go of attached expectations and ego infused stories through accepting the impermanence of ALL emotions and thoughts. In doing so, we’re able to find comfort in discomfort. Only then may our highly sought after state of happiness become a little more familiar day-to-day. 

So, we must ask ourselves...

To resist or to accept?

To judge or to embrace?

To expect or to trust,

that nature, in its infinite wisdom, can see things far beyond our scope. 

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Taylor Rapley