Declaring “Happy Time!”

by Aranyakananda

A dear friend of mine has taken up the practice of declaring that it is time for a “Happy Moment” on Facebook posts. It is at these moments, or whenever his friends read these posts, when we are to have a happy moment along with him. My first reaction was that you can’t just tell someone when to be happy. But I don’t think that is the point. Yes, it is a way for all of us to see it and decide to drop all of the nonsense that might be bogging us down at that moment and just have a little smile.

But it is also a reminder that happiness should not be conditional. Joy is in fact our birthright. Our natural state. Buddhists will say that life is suffering, but they also live, or aspire to live the antidote to this unfortunate state. Happiness should not be contained by the circumstances around us in the moment. Happiness, or pure bliss, “ananda” has nothing to do with how our co-workers treat us, or whether we got rained on that morning, or any of the myriad other reasons we humans come up with as excuses to not be happy.

So I am not going to preach on this point. Since you are reading a blog titled “Rolling With Vishnu” you are likely quite familiar with the Hindu/Buddhist concept of bliss as non-conditional. But I just wanted to pass along this new game of my friend’s as a reminder to the world of how easy it is just to choose to be happy. Just because you say it is time to do so.

Jai Hari Aum.

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One Response to Declaring “Happy Time!”

  1. Tom says:

    I heartily agree with the sentiments espoused here.

    I’m reminded of one of my favorite passages from one of my favorite books: Conversations With God:

    “Most people believe if they “have” a thing (more time, money, love — whatever), then they can finally “do” a thing (write a book, take up a hobby, go on vacation, buy a home, undertake a relationship), which will allow them to “be” a thing (happy, peaceful, content, or in love). In actuality, they are reversing the Be-Do-Have paradigm. In the universe as it really is (as opposed to how you think it is), “havingness” does not produce “beingness,” but the other way around.

    First you “be” the thing called “happy” (or “knowing,” or “wise,” or “compassionate,” or whatever), then you start “doing” things from this place of beingness — and soon you discover that what you are doing winds up bringing you the things you’ve always wanted to “have.”

    The way to set this creative process (and that’s what this is…the process of creation) into motion is to look at what it is you want to “have,” ask yourself what you think you would “be” if you “had” that, then go right straight to being.

    In this way you reverse the way you’ve been using the Be-Do-Have paradigm — in actuality, set it right — and work with, rather than against, the creative power of the universe.”

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