about 1000 days of daring greatly

"1000 days of Daring Greatly" is a personal project by Yummii

The project is based on the book; "Daring Greatly" by Brene Brown

For 1000 days, Yummii has set out to take action and be in the arena of her life. She is to discover the realm of Daring Greatly.

Her journey is about discovering courage, vulnerability, and ultimately, mastering the art of living wholeheartedly - and being wholehearted.

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Day 301: Daring to cultivate happiness

There's happiness, and there's happiness.

Happiness hasn't been something that I have craved or sought after - I regard myself as positive and optimistic.. and fairly happy. I have been interested in developing a mindset of growth, resilience, and empathy. I would invest energy in wonderment, fulfillment, and love. Happiness was never the focal point or aim - it was never the driver. It was a back-seat passenger that I assumed would come along for the ride. 

I started asking myself, what does true happiness look like? What would it look like to "cultivate" happiness?

If I took away my marriage; our family; the label of being a mother to Avery; the things that bring me joy - meditation, yoga, reading, walking through nature, travelling; if I'm stripped bare of the "identity" in which I have created as a human being; could I find happiness within? 

Will my spirit be filled with peace if the bonds between the external environment and my soul no longer existed?

If I was broke, homeless, with no family - could I look at another who had everything that I once had and be filled with love, joy, and be happy for them?

True happiness, is indestructible. This energy force within ourselves dissolves, judgement, resentment, and contempt. 

It is an energy that permeates the air with warmth, delight, and the experience of "home".

I have glimpses of this experience - and I can't say that I can call on it reliably. 

The journey of happiness to date has been mostly fuelled by external circumstances, thoughts, and acquisitions. To call happiness a journey - as though I'm seeking something to be acquired and that which I am seeking means it is not here right now, is also a false sense of happiness. 

This journey of understanding wholeness has lead me to the field of cultivating happiness. Something that I have taken for granted.

I'm learning that true happiness, is unbounded to the narrative we have created for ourselves. 

As I'm reading "Happiness Now"; my perception of happiness transforms. What was a secondary emotion that I took for granted is now a field of energy that is a barometer of wholeness.

Daring to be happy. Daring to cultivate happiness. Daring to be happy, within.