While driving to work today I was listening to a podcast put out by the Ultimate Health Podcast, this particular episode of the podcast was an interview with Deepak Chopra. I felt myself taking a deep breath and my body calming as I listened to Deepak's voice and heard the reminder to "not take life too seriously". This podcast is one that I will listen to again and recommend to all to take the time to listen to, as well. For now, I want to touch upon one thing that stuck out to me and has been on my mind since I heard Deepak say it. The hosts of the podcast asked Deepak what it is that makes him so happy? His response was not what I expected. I did not have a prepared response in mind, but to hear Deepak say what he did got me thinking ...
Here is what he said (not verbatim, but close to - I do encourage all to listen to the podcast itself too!): "To be happy for a reason gives space for unhappiness, to be happy for no reason, allows happiness to just be and to remain - so I am happy for no reason".
So, here are my thoughts on this: As part of 200 hr. yoga teacher training that I am taking at Metrowest Yoga studios I am reading The Seven Laws of Spiritual Success by Deepak Chopra (which I also highly recommend reading!) ... one of the laws is the law of detachment, in this law lies the wisdom of uncertainty, where the limitless possibilities of life are ever-present. When we let go of things having to go to plan, having to be or look or sound a certain way, than anything may be made possible. So, how does this relate to happiness you might ask?... Simply is my quick answer. But let me expand upon this... You see when our happiness is based upon something, it can become attached to that something, which allows as Deepak stated for happiness to be a thing that may be lost. Now who really wants to not experience happiness? ... I have yet to meet that person and yet had the question "What makes you happy"? been posed to me, I would have had a list of things come to mind that "bring me happiness" ... now I am not saying that there is anything wrong with this. But, Deepak's words really did get me thinking. Why not base my happiness on nothing?... so that in this way, I may always be happy, I may just Be ... in a state of happiness and love, as I detach from the notion that there are things or actions that make me happy, (rather than just Being happy). Now, of course, this is something that I myself will be working on ... a journey of detachment ... a journey of happiness for no real reason at all, except - why not?! ... It would be nice if I could detach at the snap of my fingers, but that is unrealistic, so with that in mind ... I will take the first step towards this way of thinking ... I will take a deep breath, smile and Be -- in this moment, in my breath, in a state of happiness ... for the moment, which as soon as it comes, will be over allowing this state of happiness (my happy) can transcend into the next moment. Peace, smiles and wishes of great happiness to all! ॐ
A spiritual being on a physical journey, striving to make a positive impact on this world through my actions and loving intention. I believe that we are all capable of greatness, it is how we channel this great energy that matters... I choose to express it in the name of -- peace and love.