So engrossed in what happens, so hypnotised by the world of fluctuating forms, so absorbed in the content of our lives, people have forgotten the essence, that which is beyond content, beyond form, beyond thought. So consumed by time, we have forgotten eternity, which is our origin, our home, our destiny. ~ Eckhart Tolle
Our society has forgotten how to simply be, and we have been taught that having, doing, owning - everything but being - will bring us happiness, fulfilment. Yet why is it that more we have, the more incessant our wanting becomes and the more unsatisfying the owning of or doing of things are? The wanting of a thing, an object, or an event brings us more satisfaction that the having of it. As soon as it is ours, we look to the next source of fulfilment. Which we will never find.
No action, event, person, job or item can bring us happiness. Happiness can only be felt in the moment, in the now.
And if we are always looking for something else to complete us, fill a void, fulfil our life, if we are never in the moment how can we truly feel happy?
The less we own, the less we want, the more we realise that being alive is enough - the better we feel. Right now in this moment, you have everything that you wanted at one point in your life. There was a time were you thought that if you had everything you now do, it would be enough. If you can't be happy with what you have now, when can you be?
I wanted to share some of the books I have read the last few weeks, which have helped to remind me of what is truly important in life. It's so easy to lose ourselves, forget who we are, or to get caught up in this game of life, all whilst forgetting to live, to be present, and to enjoy being alive, to simply enjoy the now. ✨
My 3 recent favourite reads:
A New Earth - Eckhart Tolle
Goodbye, Things - Fumio Sasaki
The Untethered Soul - Michael Singer.