Thoughts on Happiness

George Orwell said, “Happiness can only exist in acceptance.”

Happiness and self acceptance go hand in hand.  You enjoy as much happiness as you believe you are worthy of.  Self acceptance is unconditional.  Taking a long, hard look at yourself and seeing the original truth of who YOU are.  It’s important to recognize weaknesses and faults, yet not have those interfere with your ability to accept yourself.  I believe it is when we stop judging ourselves that we can secure a more positive sense of who we are.  A dear friend likes to remind me, “stop measuring yourself against someone else’s yard stick.”

We must learn to love ourselves, show self compassion and take a broader view of humanity.  Find a way to cultivate wholeness, not seperateness.

Believing I am enough!

This mantra gives us the courage to be authenic, vulnerable and imperfect.  Learn to let go of what others think and then shed the false ideas of perfectionism.  Strive to be non-judgemental.  When you stop judging yourself, you become more accepting of others.

Rumi, a 13th century Sufi mystic wrote:

This human being is a guest house

Every morning a new arrival

A joy, a depression, a meanness

Some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice.

Meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Perhaps accepting all aspects of ourselves is where true happiness lies.

Happy Monday

Love and Light

Lea

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