Pursuance vs. Allowance

“For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side-effect of one's personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one's surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it.”
― Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning

Something I commonly see, particularly among high achievers, is people caught up in the pursuit of happiness rather than allowing happiness be a natural byproduct of their pursuits.

According to the Vedas, the only place fulfillment lies is the here and now. It is not found on the other side of any person, place, thing or relationship. It's in the simple details evident the present moment-the way the light is reflected through the window as I type this, or the sound of a kid's voice as she reads from a book in the lounge I'm sitting in. From the present moment, we are no longer trying to control our thoughts about what might happen in the future or looking through past events for meaning or significance for how to proceed forward. All we need to do is allow all five senses to usher ourselves out of our own thinking to access this.

The Vedas also state that Nature has 100% potential waiting for us at all times. If this is true, then to what degree are we allowing that? Rather than trying to force a desired outcome based on past events or fear of not knowing what the future holds, what if we got clear on what we're intending to create and allowed Nature to co-create with us?

According to psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky, about 50 percent of our happiness is genetic, 10 percent comes from life circumstances, while 40 percent is determined by intentional behavior and the choices we make. We have great power in influencing our own happiness, but even greater power by accessing present moment awareness (a natural byproduct of meditation). By doing so, we are color-fasting our own happiness state, trusting that nature has our backs and could present something 100 times greater than any desire the intellectual mind could create.