Nothing outside of me

makes me happy –

happiness is

an inner state of peace.

Sometimes letting go

is the only path

to reach that inner space of calm.

Other times I begin noticing things

I had taken for granted:

My breath, the warmth of my hands,

The absence of physical pain –

And in noticing those

I find contentment.

And then again

just breathing in and out,

I let my racing mind

pass like floating clouds,

and my body smiles at me,

whispering “Welcome home”.

And I feel happy, at peace,

calm and content.

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