Accepting all emotions of life and everything life can throw at you with equal-mindedness is the whole essence of being alive in the moment. Being alive in the moment is not to choose between happiness and sadness. If there is happiness, experience it; laugh and rejoice in that happiness. If there is pain and suffering; suffer in that suffering. Both pain and pleasure complement the way of life. You must accept both equally to be able to experience life in its completeness.
If happiness is not the highest objective, then what is man searching for? Why does someone climb Mt. Everest? What happiness is he getting from that? What happiness is there in skydiving? There is no happiness in these things. In all this, you are searching for something else. You are searching for some kind of certainty; a moment of bliss that is beyond all pain and pleasure. This is why there is so much addiction to sex, drugs, and alcohol. These things don’t induce happiness in you. They induce only a momentary sense of bliss, which you are craving.
What is this bliss? What is this internal certainty? Whether you accept it or not, what you are searching for in everything, is bliss. Bliss is a moment of absolute freedom. It is a moment when you are beyond all the limitations of your mind and body. It is a moment when you are truly yourself. But, you don’t know how to get to this bliss directly. Sex, alcohol and drugs are just a few indirect ways of experiencing momentary bliss. A direct path to lasting bliss is spirituality and meditation. In everything, you are searching for yourself. Your entire life is one long journey into self-discovery.