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Want Joy in Life? Stop Being So Serious

Want Joy in Life? Stop Being So Serious

The path to Freedom can sometimes seem like a never-ending battle. Even when we think we are getting somewhere, something is still missing. Almost but not quite was my story, as I tried harder and harder to free myself of the past. Just when I thought I let that go… there it is again. It is the fire of commitment that keeps us going no matter what. We intuitively know that peace and joy is our natural way to be… so what is missing?

The sooner we discover how to not take things so seriously, the faster the Joy of Unity unfolds.

Is there any value in what we take seriously on the path? Does it contribute anything to our lives or the lives of those around us?

This “serious” habit had been so strong in my life that I took it with me wherever I went. It makes sense that I did the same with my spiritual quest. Often trying and effort is common, even in silent meditation. No matter how many times we try to go inward and “be still”, we can still be in our own way.

The Silence of our true nature works in the opposite direction. It is effortless and never takes a single thing serious. We can see this fact for ourselves by exploring what does not change in our experience. This is easy to see since the infinite already sees like this. It allows everything to change and move yet it remains free from it all, including our own seriousness. Isn’t that funny?

By exploring the stillness, a solid foundation of Joyful freedom turns life into an easy dance. It does not get rid of the problems and challenges we face but allows for a beautiful new attitude to flourish. This makes all the difference in how we relate with both our inner and outer world as it unfolds in sweet simplicity….Continue reading at

Paramananda Ishaya is a meditation teacher and expert.

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4:27AM PDT on Sep 24, 2014

Thank you

9:36PM PST on Feb 19, 2014

There is better advice in the posts than the article...

3:52AM PST on Feb 19, 2014

Laughter is the best therapy :::)))

3:27AM PST on Feb 19, 2014


2:43AM PST on Feb 19, 2014


9:10PM PST on Feb 17, 2014

I can be too serious, so it is good to be reminded of this.

4:43PM PST on Feb 17, 2014

I think too much and much of what I think is on a loop ... and when done with one variation on the 'theme of the night' another theme takes over. Always in a loop. I even dream that way. I am going to try to let go ... though I have been doing this for a half century, ever since my father died. Now the themes change to include both past and current items. I am mostly very sad and need to learn to let go and be happy.

5:43AM PST on Feb 17, 2014

The trick is to know when to stop

11:03AM PST on Feb 16, 2014

Start here ... no one is perfect.

Take a look in any mirror, see who and how you present, HONESTLY. Like it or not you own it. Go to a quiet space, close the door and take half an hour to review what led you to this point ...

All actions have reactions -- and consequences. See where yours have led you, acknowledge what needs do-over, laugh at yourself as required, allow one 15-minute piety party per day, then move on to your revamp and rebirth.

It begins with you ... all else will follow. Believe ...

10:58AM PST on Feb 16, 2014


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