Happiness vs Peace

Happiness vs. Peace

It might not be ‘happiness’ that you are seeking.

Happiness = good fortune; pleasure; contentment; joy.

Peace = a state of tranquility or serenity, freedom of the mind from annoyance, distraction, anxiety, an obsession, etc.; tranquility; serenity

If you ask, you will find the answer in the majority of cases people ˜just want to be happy’. What is it within us that keeps us striving for happiness? I question this quest we are on.

For a period of time, I struggled daily to be happy. Walking my Spiritual path, as many are and I really wasn’t happy. I would go from times of extreme joy where I was afraid my mind would spontaneously combust with happiness to the return of the dark cloud. And once again I would have to question this whole happy thing. How did others stay so high on happy all the time? Seemed exhausting to me. We are blasted with workshops, books, and programs all assuring ‘Instant happiness and I dare to say even the spiritual seekers are not exempt. Promises of happiness come in the way of crystals, oils, meditations. I don’t doubt that all of these things can help with our happiness. They can support us in relieving stress, and anxiety, help us relax. However, sooner or later, they will stop working if our source of inner peace hasn’t been found.

Perhaps the key to feeling peace is being able to accept things as they are and be ok with it. You can’t change anything but you. So why allow the outer world to rain on your parade? The moment you begin to think something’s not right, not the way it should be, you have now stepped out of your peace and away from acceptance. Once you start recognizing this, you can go about changing your thoughts. How? Be aware of how your thoughts may be different from the way you truly feel. Most of our thoughts were long established in our mind. We begin to institute these thoughts from the time we are born. You can easily choose to place a different thought in your mind, which more accurately reflects the way you feel and not what you have learned.

As peace begins to fill you, you will accept the past, the present and not fear the future with the challenges it will bring. With peace, we become more accepting, loving, compassionate and understanding of ourselves and others. We become stronger in our path and develop a sense of safety that only peace can bring.

When we say we ˜I just want to be happy’, maybe what we really want is the peace to give us the space to make happy choices.

Until next time, be well.

Karen

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