There is a well known story, that you often see as a Buddha quote: A man said to the Buddha: "I want happiness" Buddha said :"First, remove the I, that is Ego. Next, remove the want, that is Desire. All that remains is Happiness" I don't think it is a literal Buddha quote, but as a story it is a good summary of his teachings. Real happiness is felt when the world falls away. When you stop clinging. There is a paradox here: the action that is needed to experience happiness is no-action…
No matter how full my head is, when I walk under trees I feel a calmness wash over me. I become awake again, aware of my thoughts, aware of the stress in my body. It is this awareness that makes me feel centered and alive. The trees are mirroring this state. They stand there, calm, centered, peaceful. They are telling me to let go. And I remember: I am what observes, not what I observe.
It is so easy to keep worrying about what needs to be done or what you have said. Your mind is always busy. Going to the future. Revisiting the past. Evaluating what is going on. It takes effort to stay in the present. It is only in the present that you truly experience life as it is unfolding. Pause. Take a breath. What is going on, now? Don't evaluate, just observe. This is your life. It is a gift. Enjoy the moment!
Spring is here, everything in nature is opening up and getting ready to grow and bloom. Plants and Animals don't think about their purpose in life. They just are. We Humans have the capacity to think and reflect on our life. Why are we here? What are we supposed to do with this life? Have you found your purpose?