What is heart-happy?
Have you ever felt so alive, you felt like your heart was going to explode with life? Have you ever been so taken by the beauty surrounding you, you felt like you were living life in technicolor? Have you ever been standing in a breeze, and felt like the universe was watching out for you?
That is heart-happy.
To be heart-happy is to feel sublimely lucky that you are where you are, doing what you are doing, existing as you are.
This is a feeling I first had almost one year ago to the day. I had just decided to quit my life, my then boyfriend, my job and LA; and was invited to go for a long Labor Day Weekend up to Big Sur. I always feel most alive while in nature, and jumped at the chance to visit one of the world's "50 most beautiful places."
The 5-hour drive up from LA was an epic sharing between friends I considered close, and even closer once we arrived. We talked about our pasts, presents, futures. Our hopes, dreams, fears. We were honest, real, raw.
The trip, the people, the weather, everything was truly set up to be the perfect goodbye and hello. Departure and arrival. Ending and beginning.
We woke up early and went to bed late. We enjoyed each other’s presences without any of the outside world. We journeyed through the most lush forest. We adventured along the gold coast. We lived in the purest of ways.
It was as heart-happy as I had ever felt, and I even took moments to say it aloud when instances of beauty washed so intensely over me. Trees danced. Creatures sang. Mother nature celebrated.
Life was delicious, and I was free to just eat it up. It was a feeling that I knew I had to keep with me. A feeling I would remind myself about. A feeling I would continue to have.
After a year of first understanding heart-happy, I have been having more and more occurrences, in which I can do nothing but smile and think, “heart-happy.”
It is an enchanted array of emotions that cannot ever be identically duplicated, but felt in a new and familiar way. It is something that lives inside all of us, and is brought out through our purest of pleasures.
Travel. Friends. Love.
Heart-happy for me is what the meaning of life is all about. It is our innocence emerged, our dreams come to fruition, our heart singing its grandest song.
May you be so lucky to find your own heart-happy, and when you do, soak it in. Baste in its manifestation. Then let it go, so that you may find it again.
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