You have limited time left in your life. What is really not reasonable is to not enjoy life. – Michael A. Singer
In order to answer this enigma of what or who will make us happy and when this will be a permanent state of being, we must ultimately be in this world but not of this world. Before you discard this statement as something impractical and not realistic, let me assure you that there are now very concrete examples of why this is true.
For example, we are currently in the time of the year when we are bombarded with options to make ourselves and others happy. All these purchasing opportunities will absolutely serve their momentary purpose of making us feel happy. From the amazingly relaxing hot stone massage to the beautiful gift of connectivity when we visit those who are housebound, we can create moments of happiness by interacting with the outside world. Yet, happiness is and has always been an inside job.
According to Michael A. Singer’s book, The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself, committing oneself to unconditional happiness is the highest spiritual path. This does not mean that you create happiness by getting others to do what you want them to do. The author encourages us to live consciously by being very aware of when our reactions to outside events and people lead to the closing of our heart.
Singer recommends that you stay open and let go. “What an amazing process life is, this flow of atoms through time and space. It’s just an eternal sequence of events that take form and then instantly dissolve into the next moment. If you resist this amazing force of life, tension builds within you and gets into your body, mind and spiritual heart….Since the problem is caused by using your will to resist the reality of life passing through you, the solution is quite obvious….stop resisting”.
He adds that ” when the events of this world make it through you, you have reached a deep spiritual state. You can then be conscious in the presence of whatever takes place, without building up blocked energies….So, as your spiritual path, you take on the work of using your life to let go of your resistance”.
Truly, the greatest gift you can give the world is to learn to be happy and joyful.