You can make yourself miserable but you can’t make yourself happy. Real happiness is effortless. Happiness comes to those who understand that you can’t seek it any more than you seek the air you breathe. It is a part of life to be found within living. The excitement of anticipation is not happiness, any more than smelling freshly-baked bread nourishes a hungry body. All pursuit of happiness is based upon the false assumption that happiness can be possessed. It cannot. Happiness is the natural expression of a stress-free life, just as sunlight naturally warms the earth after dark clouds disappear.
Much as the waters of a river run through a valley, helping to turn native fertile earth into tillable soils capable of high productivity, so do invisible streams of spiritual currents course through the soul, intended to transform her dark potential into the Light of her purpose fulfilled.
Question: Happiness is elusive! How do I let go of an ever-present feeling of being discontented? If there is one weed in a field of roses, you can bet the weed is what I will see.
Answer: When it comes to discontentment or any other unhappiness, we are making a similar painful mistake that is taking us further and further away from real rescue. We believe that the inner voices within us, that so readily point out the discontentment in our lives, are doing this pointing from some safe harbor of contentment that we can reach only by following their directions. But a harbor wouldn’t even be necessary if these same thoughts and feelings hadn’t whipped up a storm in the first place!
The false self is trying endlessly to get your attention in order to point out to you that there is something missing in your life. Your feelings of discontentment are the very nature of the false self with which you have unknowingly identified. This is why you must never do anything about your discontentment because it is not your discontentment.
Don’t be afraid of not having something to do. Try to remember that what you really want isn’t just to feel different, but to be different. Let the feelings fade and disappear, and with them the false self.