Put Your Happiness Into "I AM"
Is it possible to be completely happy
without possessions, power or wealth? How much do we need all the
things we have today to make us happy?
ask this because we
live in a consumerist society and all of the above are applauded and
mean success. But do they mean "happiness"? It's funny how simple
often make us the most happy, whilst we are told we must buy this and
have that. I sometimes wonder, are we missing the point of life?
Life Is Changeable
What does it mean firstly to put our happiness in I AM? The I AM is a
statement that reflects our existence. This is the one unchanging
factor in our life, for we can never cease to be. Even upon death of
the body, we continue on to have an I AM. We may say I AM that I AM, so
you are acknowledging yourself and your awareness of yourself.
All else in our human life changes and alters, of course. We are born and we
continue to grow (or change) as we pass through many stages of our
life, from youth, to teen years, to our peak in our twenties, then on
down hill gradually towards old age then finally the ultimate change -
death. Our lives constantly change with different jobs and
opportunities, children, different spouses. We may move house, lose a
job, have a tragedy and as our fortunes rise and fall, so generally
does our mood. We put our happiness in everything around us, even
though none of it is certain.
Our moods can also change often throughout the day, influenced by the
weather, the traffic, our work conditions, who we talk to and then
what's on TV tonight. We change so often and this tends to show how
easily our very happiness depends on small situations around us
constantly. Isn't this exhausting? Some tiny factor can set us off and then we have a bad day. Is this really fair?
Happiness In "I AM"
There is another way we can look at life and that is focussed upon "I
AM". Although we don't focus on our existence a whole lot, when we stop
and think of it, it can cheer us up. We focus on the fact that we,
amazingly enough, are somehow alive and conscious of it
- what an
amazing surprise. It seems like a treat when we think of this deeply;
we ARE. Not only do we exist, but we will keep on existing for, well,
Eternity. Imagine living forever and being conscious of it the whole
time. This is the reality that we face. And living is rarely boring,
for even if the world becomes dull, we have endless things to ponder on
and other places to go.
Of course some people truly believe we only have one life to life followed by
nothing. But most people on Earth do believe in reincarnation and other
dimensions. They believe we are going somewhere with all this living.
There's a purpose.
We have our I AM, no matter if the day is going bad, our car breaks
down, or we get a really big bill. We can put all of this into
perspective suddenly when gauged against Infinity and it no longer seems
so depressing. We can be happy. Imagine being happy even when things go
wrong. I like this because this is what the Buddhists do and it puts
all of life into perspective.
So my view is why don't we stop putting our happiness on things that
change or end, like money and power, and instead put our happiness on
the one thing that NEVER ends, ourself? What is wrong with us? Absolutely nothing.
If something were wrong, we would have an eternity to fix it wouldn't
we? We get a new body each time we are born or reincarnated back here.
Who cares about wrinkles, let's just enjoy the game. It all depends on how you look at the world.
I often think that life is a game, and we must best find what we are
suited to whilst we are here. If it makes us some money then great, but
if it doesn't then maybe we weren't supposed to be rich right now
Maybe we can be happy anyway if we look for it. You never know, as soon
as you stop thinking about wealth, maybe it will happen. It comes and
it goes; you just never know.
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