Real Happiness

Are you looking for real happiness? “First I was dying to finish high school and start college.And then I was dying to finish college and start working.And then I was dying to marry and have children. And then I was dying for my children to grow old enough for School so I could return to work. And then I was dying to retire.And now, I am dying… and suddenly I realize I forgot to live.”

-ANONYMOUS

Don’t let this happen to you!

Look deeply into the values of your spirit for real happiness. If today were your last waking day, what experiences would you value the most? What moments would you miss the most?

In pursuit of your own journey and secret to happiness, I challenge you to start exploring the answers to these questions which demands us to quit living our lives by just going through the motions, forcing us to begin to pay attention.

"There is a famous Zen story about the student who in search of wisdom asks his master to share some words of wisdom concerning life. The master looks intently at the eager disciple for a moment, and then with a wisp of his brush writes one word: 'Attention'. The confused disciple reluctantly asks the master to explain and again the master writes, 'Attention'. Now, the young student is becoming frustrated, he doesn’t understand his teachers’ message and, again the master writes patiently, 'Attention . . . . Attention . . . Attention'."

Paying full attention to the experiences in your life is an Eastern spiritual tradition of Buddhism called mindfulness or as I call it, real moments when you are completely present, completely feeling, totally alive. This is the real secret to happiness. The true essence of real happiness!

These moments can be times of incredible happiness or times of great despair. But Every time you pay attention to where you are and what is happening around you; you are experiencing a moment that has meaning that really counts and is called a "real" moment.

"There are an equal number of days and nights, and in the course of a life time both are equal in time. No matter how happy your life, there are moments of darkness and the word 'happy' would lose its meaning without the balance of sadness."

At the end of our time on earth, if we have lived fully, we will not be able to say, "I was always happy." Hopefully, we will be able to say, "I have experienced a lifetime of real moments, and many of them were happy moments." Now you understand real happiness!

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