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Be Bestowed With Happiness

Be Bestowed With Happiness

Happiness is not a unique thing. It is one flavor of essence among many.

The happiness you are used to comes and goes. Instead of thinking of this as a well that runs dry, imagine the atmosphere. There’s always humidity in the atmosphere, and sometimes it releases itself as rain. The days when it doesn’t rain haven’t made the humidity go away; it’s always present in the air, waiting to precipitate as conditions change.

You can take the same attitude toward happiness, which is always present in awareness without having to precipitate every moment–it shows itself as conditions change. People are different in their baseline of emotion, and some experience more cheerfulness, optimism, and contentment than others.

This variety expresses the diversity of creation. You can’t expect the desert and the rain forest to behave the same. Yet these alterations in personal makeup are superficial. The same unchanging happiness can be accessed in everyone’s awareness. Don’t use the ups and downs of your personal happiness as a reason for not journeying to the source.

Trying to be happy as an end in itself is limited; you will be fortunate just to meet your ego’s requirements for a happy life. If instead you devote yourself to a total shift in awareness, happiness arrives as a gift freely bestowed by consciousness.

Adapted from The Book of Secrets by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2004).

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Deepak Chopra

Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D. continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Chopra is known as a prolific author of over 49 books with 12 best sellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra's books have been published in more than 35 languages with more than 20 million copies in print.

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12:18PM PDT on Oct 25, 2014

thank you

10:35AM PDT on Oct 18, 2014

thank you for good advice

1:11PM PDT on Oct 16, 2014

True happiness has nothing to do with external circumstances.
When one is conscious you can tap into the happiness within.

12:14PM PDT on Sep 28, 2014

Thanks for sharing:)

2:31PM PST on Nov 16, 2013

Happiness is Contagious. Thanks, Deepak. Miss you at Care2.

2:36AM PST on Mar 7, 2013

Thanks for sharing

4:45AM PST on Jan 3, 2013

Thanks.

1:17AM PST on Jan 3, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

12:25AM PST on Jan 3, 2013

May all beings be happy

7:03PM PST on Jan 2, 2013

thanks

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