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.