Some of the easiest money a writer can make are producing articles and books about the “the search” for happiness or enlightenment. There is only one conclusion I can come to from all of this: we must be actively avoiding the answer because we love the quest more than we love the goal. We don’t want this search to end.
Something this seemingly elusive must be actively hiding from us; probably hiding in plain sight. In other words, hiding in the place we are least likely to look. As in: the very thing we believe is helping us find this answer is actually what is keeping us from it.
A vibrant and fully alive person is your natural state. That is the description of a state of being, not appearances or even performance. If you’re not experiencing that state now, it is only because something unnatural is going on in and around you.
We’ve all heard about the vows of silence taken by devout and reclusive monks as a way to achieve enlightenment. That long-standing strategy suggests that there is something about language that creates an obstacle to self-discovery.
How would it land with you to read an inspirational book that was sprinkled with unfamiliar quotes presented without attribution? Would that occur as annoying or as diminishing of the message in any way? Or, would it encourage you to re-read the quote and allow it to sink in a little deeper with the goal of truly seeing how it may contribute to your life, regardless of who first wrote it?