Stop trying so hard. The message came to me in meditation. I was trying so hard to reach a specific goal, but fell short of my expectation. I fell into a deep sadness. I thought reaching that goal would make me happy.
But the real lesson is that happiness doesn't teach us how to be happy. Sadness does.
The pursuit of happiness focuses on only one side of the equation. It skips over sadness, grief, frustration, disappointment and failure. All of the tough emotions that shape our daily lives. Happiness is a nice thing to feel, but trying to keep it gets us into trouble.
We place this unspoken pressure on ourselves to be happy. If we have a bad day, or something unexpected happens, we feel like we have to force ourselves to cheer up and see the positive lessons in the situation. Continue reading.
Originally posted on Mind Body Green.
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