“The feeling experience of happiness does not change according to external circumstances; it is not contingent on extraneous human living.
It is within us all, dormant perhaps, but innate to human life force. Happiness exists independently of external circumstances.
To say that you were happy until your husband died is not understanding happiness. This is not happiness because happiness cannot be given or taken away by anything that life throws at you.
It is internal, unchanging and constant. It is still, it is calm and it is complete. It searches for nothing, it does not seek anything, it is absolute and it is.
Your access to it is in your capacity to be still, to relax and to stop engaging with your thinking. Thus the only thing that can stop you from feeling happiness is you.”
~ Jac O’Keeffe
Born to Be Free