There are probably few aspirations on which more people in the world could agree upon than the desire for happiness. Our consumer culture, with the active collaboration of so many of us, has created and continues to feed the myth (or huge lie) that accumulating possessions or money can increase happiness, when often the exact contrary is true. I have encountered in some of the poorest areas of the world where I have lived people owning almost nothing who radiated happiness.
I bless all the inhabitants of this magical planet in their deep, deep happiness.
May they discover that it is first and foremost a state of profound inner contentment and not of outer signs of wealth. May they discover that it flows much more from what we give than what we receive, from saying YES – THANK YOU to life in all circumstances.
I bless us all in our clear understanding that the “Kingdom of Heaven” – that space of deep inner peace, quiet, radiant joy, unshakable trust, which is the hallmark of true happiness – IS within us, as a great teacher once told us, and that we don’t need to run after something that is already ours, albeit hidden in the most secret chamber of our heart.
Finally, may I above all become conscious that happiness is not a delicate plant to be fearfully protected from the frost or hail in a greenhouse, but a gift to be shared with all, a garden where all are invited to rest and pick the flowers of their choice.
Thank you to Manuela and our friends at The Gentle Art of Blessing for sharing.
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