I’m listening to the Untethered Soul for the third time now while riding my bike to work. Today there was the passage where a very basic and revealing question is asked:

Do you want to be happy?

The answer seems to be a clear and simple ‘yes’ at first glance, but if I look honestly and closely I see that the answer is


After the ‘but’ come conditions that I think I need to be happy. Things I want in my life or out of my life. It is very revealing to think this through because it shows where the greatest attachments are.

This is strongly related to my earlier post where I write about choosing to be happy; this question shows me what is stopping me from really choosing to be happy.

It doesn’t make it easier, but insight is the first step.

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