When they say find happiness, it is wired in my brain to associate it with embarking a journey, going on an adventure, those now-or-never kind of things. I put happiness on the pedestal, creating this equation that if A, then B. B is me attaining happiness, and A is any action, achievement or anything that requires me to move a muscle. It is dangerous enough to text while driving but it is more dangerous to define your life’s worth by a single linear equation. Nothing in life is linear.
Live In The Moment
I was a social media addict enthusiast. Still am, probably will be nothing else in the near future. But I have been practicing mindfulness and living in the moment, and the result reflected with my blog not being updated for a full 5 months and a dusty Instagram feed on the side. In all honesty, I didn’t mind not updating anything anymore. Until I take a look at my vision board I created at the start of the year. Write more on blog. Oops.
Balance is possible with deliberate effort and self-care. It’s not just about being able to jump, run and dance without falling down—balance also allows you to enjoy life, reach your goals and avoid burnout. In this age of constant self-improvement, it’s easy to forget the importance of taking care of yourself. I need a break from time to time, and that’s where mindfulness comes in. Mindfulness helps me to cultivate an attitude toward life that is centered on what matters most.
Giving Myself Time to Adjust
Before I can create my own happiness, I need to be aware of what it is. It’s an internal state of being that allows me to feel good about myself and my life. Happiness is not the same as pleasure; it’s a much more expansive feeling than that.
We recently moved to a new place, again. Even though we moved somewhere close to where I used to live, my current self and circumstances are different from before. To simplify it, my husband and I are restarting again. We have been blessed to know good people around here to ask for help or just to spend time together. For now I am focusing on what I can control and focus on the things that make me happy.
Where do you find your pockets of happiness?