Have I misled you?
It’s possible some of the articles I’ve posted on BigSkyRise have inadvertently misled you. Articles including these favorites:
- How small steps lead to the biggest changes
- Getting productive, being happy: Progress, not perfection
- The importance of action
- How to rewrite your story and unlock your life
- How to find your way when you’re lost without a map and a plan
- Reduce the overwhelm and do what’s important in your life
Each of these articles is talking about change in some form.
So, especially when viewed in aggregate, it is easy to get the sense that walking your happier, more fulfilling life path requires making a lot of changes.
Through that it might seem that the key to finding happiness is to find it somewhere else.
Is that really true though?
For most of us, we stumble along our life journey, take routes we don’t intend to take, head different directions than we plan, make slower progress than we want to and thought we would, and we often get lost and disoriented along our way.
When we recognize these things — or feel particularly disoriented, discouraged, or off-track — we look to make changes.
We look to alter circumstances, to get away from our suffering, and to get to the happiness that we want.
There are many articles on BigSkyRise aimed at making the changes we seek both easier to do and more impactful.
However, if we only look at them at this surface level, we may be misled into looking for happiness in a place that will forever be beyond our reach… somewhere other than in the here and now.
The truth is, we don’t need to make many of the drastic life changes we’re seeking in order to be happy and fulfilled. We don’t need to go find happiness somewhere else.
That’s why these articles have a more important purpose; a purpose related to a deeper truth.
That greater purpose is to provide different processes to help us uncover and glimpse the truth that happiness is found in the here and now.
This moment is the only one we have, and it is where happiness lives.
Encouraging change is about breaking the cycle
In great part, we’re habituated to a certain way of thinking and doing things.
We’re caught up in our circle of suffering, lost in a swirl of thoughts, emotions, desires, fears, and dulled awareness.
Taking action towards change gives us some temporary relief. It gives us a clear direction and purpose. By simply taking action, for a moment we can clear our vision and catch a glimpse of the underlying beauty that is already there.
This action also kickstarts the change we do need to make, namely, how we interact with and experience our life.
Beyond their obvious purposes, the actions outlined in articles like How to find your way in life…, or How to rewrite your story and unlock your life are there to help us develop a greater sense of awareness of our own minds.
With greater awareness, we can move towards living more skillfully and more in tune with life.
Greater awareness allows us to understand ourselves, our world, and our relationship to life’s many events.
Awareness is a tool to uncover our happiness.
The bigger point about where happiness is
Where you are now is where you are meant to be.
Happiness is possible in this moment, and you don’t have to wait for the circumstances of life to change to find it.
You can make changes to improve circumstances, to have new experiences, and to get deeper in touch with your life.
You’re on a journey where change is a big element and that’s a great thing.
At the same time, you can be happy while walking your journey, there’s no need to wait for some mythical destination.
Happiness doesn’t come from joining elite groups. It isn’t found when you attain a certain level of wealth, social status, material items, Facebook likes, etc.
So, do your best not to be distracted by those things.
Happiness is in the here and now.
Among other things, it’s uncovered through mindful and compassionate living, forgiveness, by letting go of the great many things we cling to, and by really being in this moment.
Don’t be misled into thinking happiness is just a change away.
Happiness is here, now.
Change can be good in its own way.
Happiness is simply in what is.
Key mindset shift:
- Happiness is here and now. (It’s just a bit covered up for most of us.)
Realization to consider:
- Happiness isn’t found in things. It isn’t found somewhere. It’s here in every moment, we’ve just lost focus of it.
Actions to take:
- Relax into your now. Appreciate what is.
- Live mindfully and with compassion.
- Forgive, let go, and be in the moment
Fellow Journeyer @ BigSkyRise
Change is an inherent part of life, and just like with falling skillfully, I encourage you to take an active approach to change.
Some changes are important to make, such as the ones that make you healthier, more compassionate, more mindful, and so on.
Other changes can help by making circumstances in life a little easier to deal with — such as alleviating some of the sources of overwhelm.
Still, happiness doesn’t have to wait. You can be happy while making these changes.
On top of that, uncovering your happiness and the roots of fulfillment often leads to change in its own way.
Please, help others and help me by sharing this message and BigSkyRise with the world.