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Happiness

One is happy as a result of one's own efforts, once one knows the necessary ingredients of happiness--simple tastes, a certain degree of courage, self-denial to a point, love of work, and above all, a clear conscience. Happiness is no vague dream; of that I now feel certain. -George Sand

Happiness is a by-product of right living. Right action leads us to right thinking. In some seasons, we are able to act decisively in directions that please us, and feel happiness as a result. At other times, life is less linear and more variable. Happiness is more elusive as we experience events and timing beyond our control. Among life's vivid seasons, there are also times of a more muffled love, periods of muted mood and ambivalent, even ambiguous feelings. These are the limbo times, the grey days that fall in between. These are the transitional times when I am not what I was nor am yet what I am becoming. In limbo times, I must live with alert attention to my feelings of vulnerability. I must guard against hasty choices and rushed decisions. In limbo times, I must learn to simply be. Soon enough, life will move me onward.

Today I practice the action of loving non-action. I allow my life to alter organically and without unnatural haste. I trust the tempo of my unfolding.


3 Comments on "Happiness"

  1. beautifuly said and exactly how I think and feel at the moment… synchronicity?

  2. Thank you, Julia, for this and for all you have done to save my spiritual bacon over the years. I :::love::: the idea of practice of loving non-action. :- )

    Per usual, you deliveries are right on time. You rival Fed Ex!
    Pax,
    Mary Hershey

  3. Profile photo of Anna Christine Linder

    When I am in my psychologist role, I struggle with the comment, “All I want to be is happy”. What about all the other 1000 feelings. I want to be healthy. This is a year of transition for me. Going into the unknown, I like the quiet, calm, confusion, walking around thinking “what’s next” and the empty space. I am working on slowing down. Several nights ago, I had a dream, a powerful dream. The Creator said to me, “Slow down, study the turtles”. Wow, that was validating. I woke with a feeling of safety and warmth.

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