Years ago, when I was living in the Caribbean I starting looking for something that was missing. I didn’t know exactly what it was as my life was great, and many friends back home would have walked over hot coals to get just a month like that. I was living in tropical paradise, making good money with a job I loved. Great, caring friends from all over the world were there for me, and I was sharing a beautiful house (pool included) with my twin soul. But still, something was missing.
I guess it all happened because I lost a connection with my true self, my inner child and you already know “To know thyself is the beginning of wisdom”. I slowly approached what we may call a spiritual path but, as a super-rational person who refuses a religious, righteous attitude I felt compelled to find something that was right for me.
Like many people at the beginning, I was looking for directions and proven steps.
I studied the Dharma, the Buddhist Paths to liberation and some Taoism, plus I had my first experiences with Reiki, yoga, and meditation. I discovered a world filled with gurus, life-helper and religious leaders who were very serious about their teaching. I felt there was no connection between their established and linear path and my messy life or my never-ending need for self-questioning. Like many people at the beginning, I was looking for directions and proven steps, thinking that if I was able to do what they did, I’ll be happy with myself one day.
Nothing could be wronger that than!
Soon I discovered that it’s a really personal path, for which you need tons of patience. Patience to listen to yourself, patience to know yourself and above all, patience to like yourself. Because let’s face the truth nobody tells you at the beginning: when you start scratching the surface of your soul, you may find something you don’t like. At all. And that is perfectly ok.
Growing into better human beings it’s hard and sometimes full of contradictions but we’ve got an amazing superpower by our side: humor. The lack of fun and irony in the so-called spiritual world is something that always bothered me. I’ve never liked to take myself too seriously and my weird sense of humor, together with a quirky attitude, has saved me many, many times. Why not this one?
There is no reason not to smile and have fun, even if you’re serious about your “enlightenment”. The incredible uplifting power of smiling, laughing and positive thinking has been established for decades. Why can’t we embrace it in our journey?
Growing into better human beings it’s hard and sometimes full of contradictions but we’ve got an amazing superpower by our side: humor.
Happily Zen was founded to bridge this gap. It’s your happy place for funny inspiration, laughter-filled compassion, and cheeky jokes. Here, you’ll always get judgment-free encouragement and something to laugh at and sometimes that’s you, me or all of us.
We don’t have any magical formula, nor we know any secret recipe to help you elevate your spirit. If you are righteous, like strict rules or dogmatic behavior this is not the place for you!
For all the rest of you, please enjoy the journey!
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