Love this one for a MONDAY. Truly a life changer.
First, how was your weekend? Did you do anything fun?
I worked basically all weekend, but that's good every once in a while! I also shot a LOT last week. With Danika my girl, for Ethona an Activewear line in Venice and then for a project I have coming up. It's interesting now with photos that I care less about what they look like - it's like more objective when I see pictures. Like, okay that angle is my hell, or like I should probably be more relaxed here, this looks good etc. Bloggers ya feel me?
So to the post! This is the realest and inspired by one of my favorite podcasts, Tara Brach, who does meditations and teachings that seriously calm and change my life. I would highly recommend the 10 minute meditation for beginners, which I linked in my meditation post.
This is my and almost everyone's life.
Living, and thinking, I will be happy IF this happens to me.
'If' I get this job. 'If' I start dating this person. 'If' I get this apartment. 'If' I lose the weight. "If' I buy X, Y or Z.
I will be happy.
How often do we do that?
Personally, I find myself often saying that I will be happy once I: accomplish something with Hundred, make this amount of money, lose 10 pounds....
Once my friend Adam asked me how I was feeling, and I said 'I just want to lose these 7 pounds', and he said,
'You've always said I want to lose 7 pounds since I've known you. Maybe you should let it go.'
We've known each other for 6 years HA.
SO DAMN TRUE!
I'm just being honest.
It's the toxicity of thinking, if this happens, or this situation changes, then I will be happy. Until then I am living in limbo and out of this moment.
I actually notice this a lot with my friends too. This moment, is not okay, but when something else happens, in two years, when I get married, when I have kids, when we have money, when I have this job... THEN I will be content.
But does that ever really happen? Think about when something in your life went REALLY your way. You actually did get that job or started to date that person...
You never stay as happy as you were when you first got it. Then, you find something else to chase after.
It's how humans work.
I know thats how I normally operate.
I thought this was cool:
Buddhism provides two definitions for happiness. One is defined in terms of our relation to an object, while the other is defined in terms of our relation with the state of mind of the feeling itself.
Please read below:
Basically the first is worldly happiness. Or happiness that comes with what we are experiencing through the senses. It's fleeting, it's when we experience life being a certain way.
It's happiness, with a cause.
The second, SUKHA is an unconditioned happiness that isn't dependent on anything. When people say they are CHOOSING to be happy, this is what they mean. You are happy for no reason. Nothing worldly or out of your control can keep you from that happiness.
This is freedom.
Freedom is, reminding yourself that even without the things you crave, or are working towards - on this journey you DECIDE to happy.
Because nothing is guaranteed. No day, achievement, or 'it'.
Things we want, we may or may not get, and if we weren't happy along the way, then whats the point?
So how am I applying this in my daily life? Every time I think about the things that I want or strive for, I remind myself that, now I am happy. On the journey to those things, or if those things never come to fruition, I am happy.
With or without 'it' I am filled with joy.
I would love to know what you think about this concept? Are there things for you that you feel like you'll be happy if you achieve or if you have? I feel like mines always been related to being a certain weight, or making a certain amount of money....what's yours?
Would love to read your thoughts!
Looking forward to chatting.