Do you want to be happy, or do you not want to be happy?
Last month I shared my 2015 Christmas reading list which included New York Times Best Seller “The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself” by Michael Singer. This book was recommended to me by my spiritual mentor.
Rather than jump in and read it all in one day, I chose to read this book over a couple weeks – 1 chapter every day or every two days. The chapters are short but I find the lessons so profound I want to contemplate the messages and let them sink-in.
With each chapter I am pondering:
- What do these lessons really mean?
- How can I apply this to my life on a daily basis?
One message which particularly resonates with me is “choosing happiness”.
Simple message? Yes
Difficult to apply? YES
In his book Singer talks about the path of unconditional happiness – choosing happiness above all.
It is about being happy when events don’t fall in your favour, choosing to be happy when “sad/bad” things happen in your life and choosing to be happy when friends, family, colleagues etc. don’t behave in the way you think they should. You most likely cannot control these things/events, but you can control and choose your state of being.
Singer says that in a world full of choices there is only one choice we really need to make each day, and that is whether we want to be happy.
Singer asks this question of the reader:
“Do you want to be happy, or do you not want to be happy?”
Choosing to be happy is a moment by moment decision and requires a great deal of awareness. So much of our lives are lived in auto-pilot, therefore, to make the choice to be happy you first need to be conscious of your thoughts, conscious of your feelings and conscious of your behaviour.
Secondly, choosing to be happy in all moments requires spirit and persistence. It is recognising and appreciating the gift of being alive in this moment and choosing love and gratitude.
I haven’t set my resolutions for 2016 BUT my intention is to:
- Become more conscious
- Be more aware of my thoughts, feelings and behaviours in the moment
- Choose happiness
I highly recommend the book and hope you too will join me in choosing happiness in 2016 (and beyond).
Love and light,