As I sat in my yoga room this morning, looking out over the once brown grass that has turned green with the recent rain we have so desperately needed, I thought about happiness. In that moment, I felt complete joy. This joy came from noticing how green everything has turned. It put a fresh feeling to all the gray weather, which can dampen your mood. Why did this bring me joy? Presence. I was present in that moment. I wasn’t thinking of my to-do’s or the dishes I didn’t do yesterday. I was present.
Happiness is one of the most highly sought after feelings or states of being. We are all chasing happiness, seeking things that make us happy. Often we search in the wrong places; we search in material possesions or in other people. We feel spirts of joy and happiness, and then that thorn in your side reappears and you feel that twinge of discomfort, pain or unhappiness that has always been there. It is there because we are human; we overthink our past and worry about our future.
The happiness you have been searching for has been there all along. It is within you, waiting for you to come home to it. It is in the “now” moments. When you become present, you are not overthinking, you are not worrying, you are just being. Presence is happiness, and you have always had it there for you to access. I am far from mastering this; it takes a lifetime of practice. I find this daily, in my morning journaling, meditation and yoga. I know the more I practice this, the more often I will tap into the present moment.