“On a deeper level you are already complete. When you realize that, there is a playful, joyous energy behind what you do.” -Eckhart Tolle
I’ve seen people attach their happiness to their achievements or to a perfect relationship, finances, etc. I get it. I’ve done it plenty of times myself…and well…today too.
It got me thinking, since all of these things exist somewhere other than now–and they’re all impermanent, even if we do achieve them–does this type of thinking create pain on multiple levels?
It came to mind this old article from TinyBuddha which I’m going to resurrect. It reads: this type of thinking creates pain in the present, when you’ve yet to achieve what you think you need. Next in the acquisition, when you realize even though you’ve met your goal, you’re still wired to look for happiness somewhere in the future. And later, when life changes, and you no longer have exactly what you had.
Life always changes. Nothing is permanent.
That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t pursue goals. It’s just that we’d experience a more profound sense of joy on the journey if we realized there’s nowhere to get to. It’s all about experiencing the journey as you move along. There’s no salvation in the future. It’s an illusion that strips the present of joy and makes it a stressful experience.
Life is now. It will always be now. At some point, we have to decide now is as good as any to be happy, peaceful and complete.
Wouldn’t you agree?
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