True happiness has no cause. It is the natural state of our being, when unobstructed. ~Ezra Bayda, from Saying Yes to Life (Even the Hard Parts)
“Let it be,” say the Beatles. How hard that is! We think that doing this or buying that or being with this person or achieving that will move us closer to happiness. But Bayda says happiness is the natural state of our being! It’s great good news that we already have it, if we can just clear the obstructions.
One of the obstructions for me is mindlessness, distraction, forgetting to stop and notice the world. Isn’t it easy to get caught in a web of striving? Today I am committing to write a haiku a day to help me remember to take a moment to just be in the world, to notice things outside my own head, and to “let it be.” Satya Robin would call this piece of mindful writing a “small stone.”
So, no matter how trite this may be, here’s the first:
Clouds blanket the sky
Trees are buffeted by wind
Yet daffodils bloom
What are your obstructions to happiness? What will you do to clear them?