"In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer. " - Albert Camus
Albert Camus was a French Nobel Prize winning author, journalist, and philosopher. His views contributed to the rise of the philosophy known as absurdism, the perfect tonic for todays serious world. Among other key observations, he contributed many beautiful insights for being happy.
Sometimes the first place we look for happiness is the outside world. Outside objects, be they wonderful partners, cream cakes or Lowe handbags can make for great prompters as to the way you can feel about yourself and life. But the risk lies in investing all of your happiness and love in objects. Because sadly -- or not sadly, depending on the object, everything eventually dissapears.
There is something that I have found, which seems more stable than fleeting things. And that is...me! I seem to always be here. Cars have come and gone, jobs come and go, hair cuts too. Yet 'I' am always here. In fact, come to think of it, I can't get rid of myself. I am the common denomenator of all my worldly, material experiences.
The me that i am refering to doent inclue my body or brain, becuase those have changed a lot of the years. The hair, the height, the neural connections they have all come and gone. The me that i am refering to, the me that stable component of my life, is the awareness with which my life is experienced.
Meditation is a really nice way to get in touch with this timeless presence. ( More on that here)