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Unlock Your Happiness

Happiness is, and always will be, a beautiful and unique human desire.  Yogi Bhajan stated that it is "our birthright to be happy" and H.H. Dalai Lama has artfully taught us what it means to be happy.  With every breath we take, every intention we make, happiness is the source that drives us.
Happiness can be so many things and what might make one person happy, could absolutely bore the next. It can be as simple as smile or as complex as a long-standing completed project.  Just like life, happiness is what you make it. I say, you must participate in order to understand what true happiness really is.
It's not always apparent, but with awareness, we begin to cultivate attitudes of compassion, acceptance, and tolerance for those we know, those we don't know, and ultimately, for ourselves. In so doing, we come closer to the present moment and to a state of happiness that is unmatched by the hustle and bustle of the work-a-day grind.
I know, I know, it's easier said than done, right?
Well, yes and no.
True, we are often confronted with challenging situations where one's happiness (and compassion, acceptance, and tolerance for that matter) may seem "out the window." And yes, there are often times when I've found myself on edge after a surly conversation with a co-worker, but hey, we're only human! The truth is, that our practice, our breath, and our mindfulness is what helps us to ride through these tough times, see the bright side in every situation, and lift us up out the chaos so we exist in a state of happiness. As long as you have that, you have a very special key with which you can unlock many doors.
Pantajali's Yoga Sutra 1.33 seems most fitting...
maitri karuna mudita upekshanam sukha duhka punya apunya vishayanam bhavanatah chitta prasadanam
In relationships, the mind becomes purified by cultivating feelings of friendliness towards those who are happy, compassion for those who are suffering, goodwill towards those who are virtuous, and indifference or neutrality towards those we perceive as wicked or evil.


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