Day 20: Happiness is a Practice, Not a Destination

Wonder and Inspiration

Early this morning I read a brilliant quote by Krishnamurti, and was spontaneously overwhelmed with tears of joy.  I felt my heart expand with incredible awareness.  It was magical and truly an aha moment in my life!  

"The day you teach the child the name of the bird, the child will never see that bird again" -- Krishnamurti 

Take time to sit with this quote. It is beautifully profound and subtle. When we label something we very often lose the wonder of seeing. Just because we have named it we assume we know it-and are no longer inspired by the beauty of the simplest thing. 

A bird could have been named lamp. Its just a name we gave it. And the name is not what it is. Just as Joy is my name but it is not all of who I am. 

How many times a day do you see a bird and pause with a sense of wonder? Or do you see the bird and think bird and move on? This might also be the case with a tree, or the sky, or the moon, or your partner. 

The root of the English word inspiration is the Latin word spiritus which means "to breathe in"

Breathe in everything today as if you are seeing it for the first time. Ask this question: "what is the nature of this flower (or whatever you are looking at) before I labeled it flower?