Can you be happy with nothing
without looking forward to happiness
without entertainments and activities
to distract you from unhappiness
without projects that excite you
with their promises of success
and that make you feel you’re moving
closer and closer to happiness
without collecting more possessions
or climbing to a higher status
and parading your wealth and prominence
to try and convince others – and yourself –
that you’re happier than them?
If not, then your happiness is always on loan
secondhand and superficial
like a blanket that’s quickly pulled away
leaving you cold and empty craving more.
But you can be happy with nothing.
There’s a happiness that has no cause
that doesn’t come from consuming or collecting
and doesn’t deceive or disappoint or quickly fade:
the well-being pf being itself
that simply is – and is always there.
A deep rich glow of wholeness
a soft subtle energy whose nature is bliss
like a steady flowing river whose source is you.
A well-being you don’t need to chase, only to uncover,
that you don’t need to strive for, only allow.
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