Sunday, April 17, 2011

Happy Heart

The ocean. The forest. The mountains. The desert. The gorges. The river. The big city. The beach.

Is there a perfect place to be?

I quote my friend L:

"No matter where you go, you take yourself with you."

We were talking about this human need to go toward the places that will "bring us happiness," and flee the places that we consider to contributing toward "unhappiness."

But this is flawed thinking. If you are happy inside your heart, inside your skin, inside your very soul, the you can be happy anywhere.

I like to live this way. Ultimately, if I continue to keep peace and happiness inside my heart, then it won't matter if I'm running on the beach or through the city or in the mountains. I'll just be enjoying whatever happens to be around me, knowing that my happiness comes from within, and not from the climate or scenery.

I don't want to deny that certain settings and events give us joy. And aren't we lucky to have the ability to enjoy those moments the way that we do? Whenever my heart is fluttering uncontrollably with excitement, I just think about how fortunate I am to be capable of being so enthused! That is the beauty of our emotions.

But ultimately, we cannot live for those moments. We have to live for our own purpose, our own peace of mind, and our own heart's desires. When we work on what is inside of us we are able to feel the external things with more potency.

Maybe the beach is the perfect location for me. Or maybe a farm is where I want to spend my days. But it's not the building of walls around me that brings me happiness. It's about learning what makes me happy inside that truly allows me to be happy anywhere.

I'd love to know what it is in side your heart that makes you happy. Sharing our inner happiness promotes camaraderie, empowerment and a better understanding of who we are.

What's inside your heart today?

BPositive and BHappy in your Heart!



  1. Great quote! I did a post about it, but on my heart is giving back and volunteering.

  2. This is such a fabulous post! I couldn't agree more. I think it's hard sometimes to not look externally for that happiness, but your're correct - it comes from within and radiates outward. Thank you for the (well-said) reminder!

  3. nah, no perfect place. more perfect time and people to be with.

    neverwashis on swapbot btw