“Happiness is the realization of God in the heart. Happiness is the result of praise and thanksgiving, of faith, of acceptance; a quiet tranquil realization of the love of God.” ~ White Eagle, The Quiet Mind….
White Eagle’s description of happiness is the realization of the divine presence of God within our heart. To me, this happiness invokes a sense of peace and tranquility that cannot be disturbed by the world outside of us without our permission. This happiness awakens within me the desire–or perhaps duty–to show my appreciation, my faith, and my acceptance of all that divine Providence bestows upon me.
God is in our hearts because He loves each of us equally and wants us to experience His love in the most profound and intimate ways possible. From the sinners to the saints, God is the connection that binds each one of us. We are common souls created and formed from the same loving Creator, and he is the force that keeps us together in spiritual unity. And the best way we can show our appreciation is to tell Him, “thank you,” to glorify His name and sing Him praises, to accept our lives exactly as they are at this very moment, and to have faith in the plan for our lives.
The majority of sources of happiness in our lives will be fleeting, but the realization and acceptance of God deep within our hearts is the ultimate source of lasting happiness. It is by way of our thankfulness, our faith, our acceptance, and our compassion and love for the divinity within every one of our fellow human beings that we are brought into a deeper understanding of our own holy sanctity, virtue, and worth. And it is through this opening of our hearts in which we experience a clarity in life that is both humbling and beautiful.
Show praise and thanksgiving for the divine blessings in your life.
Questions to consider:
Do you possess a “realization of God in the heart?” If so, how would you describe it?
How much time do you spend each day in praise and thanksgiving? Why?
What kinds of things distract us from focusing on our compassion for–and connections with–our fellow human beings?
For further thought:
“I believe in the absolute oneness of God and, therefore, of humanity. What though we have many bodies? We have but one soul. The rays of the sun are many through refraction. But they have the same source. I cannot, therefore, detach myself from the wickedest soul nor may I be denied identity with the most virtuous. I am endeavoring to see God through service of humanity, for I know God is neither in heaven nor down below, but in everyone.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi, The Essential Gandhi