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The Illusive Search for Happiness

“Is there a difference between happiness and inner peace? Yes. Happiness depends on conditions being perceived as positive; inner peace does not.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

We can easily confuse happiness and peace. Eckhart’s statement is very clear and makes sense when you know the difference between the two. It’s easy for us to confuse happiness with peace, love and joy because these conditions are often around when we feel happy. The problem with happiness is that it’s always conditional. We are the ones who decide what happiness is for us. And we change our minds often. Most of us see finding lasting happiness in the future as if it’s an eventual destination. If it were, you would have arrived the first time you felt happy. If you really look at what you are doing in every moment, you’ll find that the majority of your activities are focused on attaining or trying to live in happiness. The harder we try the more heavy the burden of getting there is in our minds.

Peace on the other hand comes when the absence of the pressure to find happiness goes away. That’s why you can feel some peace when you are happy. The feeling of happiness and unhappiness is artificially created in our minds where as peace comes from a natural state of being present.

When you can let go of the need to find your happiness and allow yourself to be content with this present moment, you will find peace. In this state, a sense of happiness returns but it’s actually Joy.  Look for the distinction as it’s a key to understanding your nature.

Remember that words are words. We are the ones who fill them with meaning. Knowing the distinction in your mind about what feels like what is what’s important. Not the words. Just look closer to your experiences and understand what’s happening to you. We often don’t want to look at or understand ourselves because it usually means having to give up something… What are you looking for? Does it have something to do with your happiness? Not looking at what we are doing and why is what stops many people from finding what they are seeking in the first place; a real sense of lasting Joy and Peace.

“An unexamined life is not worth living.” – Socrates

Neil

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