Whole Foods opened it's very first store in Tacoma yesterday and I was unbelievably happy. We've lived here for 18 months and I've been trekking to Seattle almost weekly for my organic fruits and veggies.
I could rave on about the store - it's enormous, it's bigger than the one in Rockville in the DC area where I'd shop when caring for my mom - but it isn't about the store, it's about the feeling.
It was pure and simple, childlike joy.
It surprised me, because, yeah, I like Whole Foods, and, yeah, I'm going to appreciate not schlepping up I-5 forty-five minutes each way to go shopping, but this just came in sideways. Which is what it's like when you're receiving from Consciousness.
Something like this happened a couple weeks ago as well. We went out to dinner for my birthday, and this same childlike joy came up. I mean, yeah, it was my birthday and yeah, it was a nice restaurant, but there was also a myriad of things that could have pissed me off (and has, in the past).
Instead these was this gleeful feeling, everything unfolding 'just for me'!
What's going on?
I think that I've cleared away enough rubble and clutter that my inner child feels safe to come out to play.
I've been strengthening my inner connection as Consciousness, and it's allowing this to come in.
I'm hesitant to say what's contributing to this, as I don't think there's one formula for finding happiness. I've had several times where I've experienced what I'd call a Spiritual Awakening. It's a feeling of being in love with the Universe, in love with my life, and in love with my Self (and not necessarily in that order).
I do know that it's come after a period of focused concentration, i.e. several weeks or months of meditation and energy work. I also know that it's gone away when I've lost my focus or gotten distracted (like getting into a new relationship).
What I can say is that it takes disengaging from outside drama. It takes detaching from other people's 'stuff'. It's choosing to keep your hands on the wheel of your own vehicle, and your eyes on the road of your own path.
The thing about happiness is that it doesn't come from a winning lottery ticket, or from having all your ducks in a row. You may not have learned all your lessons perfectly, or attained enlightenment. You can, however start experiencing happiness, right here, right now.
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What about you? What makes you happy? Or, what would make you happy? Leave me a comment and let me know!