A Rebel Belle's Thoughts on Happiness....

8ways.jpg"The joy of Being, which is the only true happiness, cannot come to you through any form, possession, achievement, person, or event - through anything that happens. That joy cannot come to you - ever, it emanates from the formless dimension within you, from consciousness itself and thus is one with who you are."  ~Echkart Tolle - A New Earth

Many people seek HAPPINESS as a feeling that lives in some far off future, a goal to be obtained once a certain status is achieved or a material possession is secured. "I will be happy when.....", is the phrase that comes tripping off the tongue.

"I'll be happy when I meet my soul-mate," "I'll be happy when my career takes off," "I'll be happy when I have more money," "I'll be happy when I reach my weight goal." These are external goals; forms, structures, achievements, and events. And, while these goals may bring feelings of joy and happiness, these goals are transient.

Structures and forms are unstable, they're designed to change and transform; so too will your mate, your career, your financial status and physical structure. If you are attached to these forms, so too will your happiness be attached to them. And, not having them will make you feel UNHAPPY.

Happiness for a reason is a form of misery, because the reason can be taken away from you at any time. To be happy for no reason - THIS is the happiness you want to experience. ~ Deepak Chopra

When you seek happiness as a goal that can only be reached when you secure this person, place or thing, you set yourself up for a tumultuous relationship with life. You become so focused on this one and only form; the life-mate, career, or Victoria Secret body weight, that you miss the possibility of a new expression; you miss the form or new experience that is poised to rock your world.

You cut yourself off from your juiciest source of happiness; your inner self, your connection to your Creator, and the internal state of consciousness that determines how you perceive and experience the world. You literally slam the door on the Creator's ability to enrich your life in any moment with joy, peace and happiness.

The experience of happiness or unhappiness is yours to choose. You can choose freedom or you can choose form. You can seek happiness in the fulfillment of some far off future form. Or, you can tap into your internal source and reservoir of power and "be" the expression of happiness NOW.

What if your goal was simply to "be happy", connect to your inner source and enjoy the essence of ANY experience, regardless of and without attachment to the form?

Happiness Exercise:

• Examine your life. Notice all the forms that currently exist where you experience feelings of happiness. It might be dancing, volunteering, servicing others, gardening, reading, cooking, working out or spending time with your children, family or friends.

• Don't judge any of these experiences as too small or trivial, just notice what they are and write them down.

• Invest your time and energy in these experiences right now. Feel the happiness and joy of investing in these forms today, this moment, not in some far off distant future.

* Experience your expansion and joy as you invest in the essence of doing the things you love to do.

• Be patient, aware and watch as boatloads of forms and opportunities show up in your life. Feel that connection to your inner creative power. Observe your life and acknowledge. YOU ARE HAPPINESS.

Here are a few "Happy Quotes" - One for each of the next 7 days.

"Happiness cannot come from without. It must come from within. It is not what we see and touch or that which others do for us which makes us happy; it is that which we think and feel and do, first for the other fellow and then for ourselves."   ~Helen Keller

"Happiness resides not in possessions and not in gold, the feeling of happiness dwells in the soul."   ~ Democritus

"Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude."   ~ Dennis Waitley

"If only we'd stop trying to be happy we'd have a pretty good time."   ~ Edith Wharton

"When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us."   ~ Helen Keller

"People spend a lifetime searching for happiness; looking for peace. They chase idle dreams, addictions, religions, even other people, hoping to fill the emptiness that plagues them. The irony is the only place they ever needed to search was within."   ~ Ramona L. Anderson

"To live happily is an inward power of the soul."   ~ Aristotle
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About the author: Tuck Self, The Rebel Belle, is a Southern voice for bold self-expression. As a coach, writer and speaker, she inspires women to wake up, crank it up, and squeeze the juice from life with passion, purpose, and a lot of play! Let The Rebel Belle guide you to freedom and bold self-expression. Visit www.therebelbelle.com and get your sneak peek to The Rebel-ution: A Woman's 'Rebelicious' Guide to Freedom, Liberation & Bold Self-Expression.

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