Day Eleven: That elusive feeling called happiness…and art.

A heartfelt expression of gratitude at Shed Home

A collaborative entry by Lucila and Candice:

“We can eliminate even the most stubborn delusions and replace them with the opposite virtues. For example, we can weaken our anger by familiarizing our mind with patience and love, our attachment by familiarizing our mind with non-attachment, and our jealousy by rejoicing in others’ good fortune.”  Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

If asked, do you want to feel happy permanently, most of us would answer yes.  If asked how we would actually accomplish this wish, most of us would either scratch our heads, not believe it’s possible or say something like this: “When I win the lottery” or “When I get the bigger house” or “When my children become successful and happy.” We would say “Yes, someday one day when….(you fill in the blank)..I will be happy!”.

Unfortunately, the “someday, one day…I will be happy when…”  thought is one that keeps our mind focusing on 1) what we don’t have right now and 2) happiness as something that comes from “out there”.

So what if there is a different view?  Gratitude is a state of mind which unlocks the secret to happiness.  Gratitude requires training yourself to acquire a finer appreciation of things. What if your own life were the finest work of art?

 An artist must step back and even appreciate the work that has been put in and manifested. Reframe your perspective: today is that some day. The one day is right now.

In this moment, will you take a step back and appreciate this life as a work of art?

15 thoughts on “Day Eleven: That elusive feeling called happiness…and art.

  1. I am grateful that I took the time to meditate today. I realized that I needed it and I welcome myself back.

  2. Every working artist knows – your greatest work can come from totally pulling yourself apart and starting over. It’s a process of discovery. And it requires (at times) completely removing yourself from it. Great art, true art, is not about ego. You have to get yourself out of the way and work hard, and focus on the idea. As a bonus, what you achieve in the end is a brand new perspective on yourself and your ability. And that is, indeed, an amazing gift. Much like life.

  3. That is a wonderful thought. Pulling yourself out of the equation allows you to focus on the other side. Maybe The person on the other side is the one who is irritating you. Being able to focus on that person changes your perspective. I am grateful to those who introduced me to this idea.

    I am also very grateful to being here in Harrison Hot Springs Hotel watching a long line of ducks swim across the lake.

  4. Today I am grateful that I was able to have a productive day at work. I also had a great opportunity to reflect on life this afternoon and put some things more into perspective. As I type this, I am snuggled in my bed watching Hocus Pocus (love this movie) and getting ready to call it a night. I am grateful to finally get to the place of enjoying “me time” again and going to sleep early.

  5. “At first, art imitates life. Then life will imitate art.Then life will find its very existence from the arts”

    ~Fyodor Dostoevsky

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