Thursday, September 11, 2008

In the end if you stay win.

Book cover of Book cover via Amazon I was thinking a bit about happiness today...maybe because I was feeling a little un-happy. And, I really had to ask myself, "Self...what's the point?" And then I remembered reading this...
of things could happen that you haven’t even thought of yet. The
question is not whether they will happen. Things are going to happen.
The real question is whether you want to be happy regardless of what
happens. The purpose of your life is to enjoy and learn from your
experiences. You were not put on Earth to suffer. You’re not helping anybody by being miserable.
Regardless of your philosophical beliefs, the fact remains that you
were born and you are going to die. During the time in between, you get
to choose whether or not you want to enjoy the experience. Events don’t
determine whether or not you’re going to be happy. They’re just events.
You determine whether or not you’re going to be happy. You can be happy
just to be alive. You can be happy having all these things happen to
you, and then be happy to die. If you can live this way, your heart
will be so open and your Spirit will be so free, that you will soar up
to the heavens. This path leads you to absolute transcendence because
any part of your being that would add a condition to your commitment to
happiness has got to go. If you want to be happy, you have to let go of
the part of you that wants to create melodrama. This is the part that
thinks there’s a reason not to be happy. You have to transcend the
personal, and as you do, you will naturally awaken to the higher
aspects of your being. In the end, enjoying life’s experiences is the only rational thing to do. You’re
sitting on a planet spinning around in the middle of absolutely
nowhere. Go ahead, take a look at reality. You’re floating in empty
space in a universe that goes on forever. If you have to be here, at
least be happy and enjoy the experience. You’re going to die anyway.
Things are going to happen anyway. Why shouldn’t you be happy? You gain
nothing by being bothered by life’s events. It doesn’t change the
world; you just suffer. There’s always going to be something that can
bother you, if you let it.

This choice to enjoy life will lead
you through your spiritual journey. In truth, it is itself a spiritual
teacher. Committing yourself to unconditional happiness will teach you
every single thing there is to learn about yourself, about others, and
about the nature of life. You will learn all about your mind, your
heart, and your will. But you have to mean it when you say that you’ll be happy for the rest of your life.
Every time a part of you begins to get unhappy, let it go. Work with
it. Use affirmations, or do whatever you need to do to stay open. If
you are committed, nothing can stop you. No matter what happens, you
can choose to enjoy the experience. If they starve you and put you in solitary confinement, just have fun being like Gandhi. No matter what happens, just enjoy the life that comes to you.

difficult as that sounds, what’s the benefit of not doing it? If you’re
totally innocent and they lock you up, you might as well have fun. What
good does it do to not have fun? It doesn’t change anything. In the end, if you stay happy, you win. Make that your game, and just stay happy no matter what.

©2007 Michael A. Singer. From the book The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself. New Harbinger Publications, Inc.

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