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I’m happy for the most part. I have bad days like everyone else and sometimes I have things going on in my life that make me really sad, but even at the worst of times, I know, even if I don’t admit it to people, that things will turn out fine. Maybe, in the words of Oprah, I embrace being the source of my happiness, even if it was activated through this meditation. What she knows for sure is “…that each of us is responsible for the energy that we bring to any moment…the more that we give, the more that we receive. Choose to express happiness and it will multiply within and around you.” So freaking true. We all know what it’s like being around a cheery person – you want to throttle them! No actually, it can be infectious. When your friend smiles at you or a baby or even a puppy wags his tail at you, you melt. OK, I melt, especially with the puppy. Who doesn’t love dogs? I like being EFFUSIVE when I am in a good mood, and I’m more distant and introspective when I’m not and I know that it has an effect on people around me.
You aren’t hear to hear my ramblings, you are here to read the wisdom of the deep man himself – DEEPAK! He believes that we cannot achieve well-bring without happiness. Dr. Oz, would most likely, agree. You can have all of the fancy purses and shoes that you want (those are my vices), but the trappings of a happy life are no substitute for being our own source of happiness. DC thinks that when we express happiness that we change the world. I think that’s a little ambitious – maybe just a work pod, subway car or household – that sounds a little more reasonable, at least to me. I do agree that when we radiate happiness, that it can become viral. People respond to smiles and kindness. Deepak says it in such a lovely way (I love the word lovely in case you haven’t noticed) – he believes that it is nourishing to be around someone who radiates contentment.
It gets better, if you can believe it. People who radiate happiness give everything while losing nothing. They have a generosity of spirit. All you need to do is participate and show people who you are. If you are a misery, don’t bother showing it though – it will ruin the whole feel-good experience. To put yourself in the moment, you are supposed to remember a time when you unexpectedly received some good news. This was like the time that I won the football pool at work and if you knew me, you’d know how truly unexpected that was. To me, football is about a lot of big men knocking one another over without saying sorry. When you receive good news though, it puts you in a good mood and you feel more generous just like DC says! His advice for the day includes accompanying our words with a smile – the more you give, the more your happiness increases. Very true. I loved this meditation, it felt short and sweet and relatively hooey-less.
Speaking of happiness, today, I am grateful and happy that I got to hang out with my dear friend BF. We laughed, we cried, we generated happiness, we laid an egg. Well, maybe the egg part is an exaggeration, and I just cried because when I was walking to meet her, I noticed a bug flying near me, but it was a delightful evening in the company of an old friend. I’m off to meditate so until tomorrow, I am…