Years ago, I was privileged to interview Marci Shimoff, author of “Happy for No Reason” for my teleseminar Profound Paths to Health, Healing and Happiness. We had a wonderful conversation about happiness as a state of being, not an emotion that comes and goes. Her concept of being happy for no reason makes me think of our relationship to the sun. The sun is always shining, even though when clouds pass in front of it, we tend to feel that it is gone… When our emotional states shifts, when we become sad or worried or scared, we think we are unhappy. But aren’t these “unhappy” emotions just passing clouds? Can we learn to allow happiness to be our essential state of being?
What are the influences, the people, the situations that are nurturing and nourishing to us, that support our happiness? What and who do we maybe need to let go of? What honors and feeds our happiness, what pulls us away from that inner state of peace? When the earth rotates and blocks the sun’s light, we feel we are in the dark. But are we? Has anything fundamentally changed in the Universe?
I think this concept of ‘happy for no reason’ is about the trust that the sun is always shining, the deep knowing that even though we can’t see it right now, that maybe it’s only shining on the other side of the world, but it is shining. And so our happiness doesn’t depend on the earth’s rotation, on the weather, on other people or on our ever changing moods. It really can be the ground that we live from… And that’s enough ‘reason’ to be happy…
Yours in peace and happiness, for no particular reason!