What do you most desire? Happiness? Peace? Freedom? If your first answer is something you’d like to do or have – for example, build a successful career, have lots of money, or raise a family – ask yourself what what doing or having this would give you. After a few cycles of this question, you will probably end up with something you’d like to be – such as be happy, be at peace, or be free.
What if you could just be happy, peaceful or free, without having to go through all the doing or acquiring first? Try this idea on for the extent of this article. If it aligns with your inner truth, great! If not, let it go and move on.
Consider that the world may really be altered by rose-colored glasses – or whatever filter you choose to see it through. Consider that if you focus your attention on happiness, peace, freedom, or whatever you’d like to experience, you will most likely experience more of that.
Have you ever been in a foul mood and had a horrible experience, then later when feeling good, been in nearly the same situation and enjoyed it? There’s no “truth” you’re ignoring when you enjoy yourself, nor are you wrong when you have a foul time. You’re simply having the experience (foulness or enjoyment) that you were already being.
Here’s an experiment to try. If you would like to be happy, notice happiness all day long. Be aware of when you feel happy. Notice other people who are happy. Appreciate the happiness in you and around you. Write all the happiness you experience and see in a journal. Let happiness be your guide: when choosing, ask yourself, “Which feels happier?”
You can do this for any state of being you choose as your goal. If you were choosing peace, you could:
- Notice when you feel peace in yourself
- Notice others who are experiencing peace
- Appreciate peace in you and around you
- Remind yourself of the many experiences you have of peace (for example, with a journal)
- When choosing, let the feeling of peace be your guide: “What feels peaceful?”
Have fun with this. Play with it, and enjoy being!