If you had the ability to teleport yourself to a beautiful deserted island in the blink of an eye, how often would you go there?
Would you go there all the time? Would you want to live there? Or would your normal life pull you away from this magical paradise?
We have the equivalent power to go to a feeling place that is just as much a beautiful paradise.
But we don’t.
Ironically, I think we are afraid of missing out.
When we look at our friends and family, our work, our communities, and our own projects and struggles, we simply cannot reconcile these things with an immediate experience of unconditional happiness.
We have grown up learning that life is not perfect, and feeling joy and love and well-being is the reward for accomplishing things.
If we were overflowing with well-being we would no longer fit our old lives.
So instead we inhibit the flow of well-being in our lives. With varying degrees of severity and intention we restrict how good we can feel.
We limit ourselves to the amount of good feeling we can “earn” or justify based on our circumstances.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. In fact it only is this way because of our resistance to the well-being that otherwise seeps into every fibre of our existence.
That’s where I’m at on day seven of my Happiness Challenge. I’m learning to view overflowing well-being as natural, and therefore inevitable if I just stop whatever it is I’m doing to resist it.