The 2018 theme is "Happiness is your Birthright." Yogi Bhajan said:
"Happiness is your birthright. It cannot be taken away from you. But you act as if it is not your birthright. You begin to wish for happiness rather than accept it and express it. When you wish for happiness, you also wish indirectly for unhappiness, just as night and day follow each other. When you wish, every happiness is followed by sadness and every sadness by a happiness. You are not happy because you make comparisons and compete with something over which you have no control.
"You have no control over Infinity—the vast, creative essence of life and consciousness. If you have no control over Infinity, don’t try and control it. Flow with it and you can reach anywhere! Fight with it and you’ll be unhappy. There’s nothing to it. The only problem is you have not consciously developed your mental caliber, meditative mind, and the attitude of gratitude and contentment.
"The mind should dance with the body, the whole Universe is your stage, the soul your choreographer. Try to feel that whatever you are doing is the most beautiful thing, the prettiest dance, because you dance with the whole Universe.
Don’t resent anything.
Express your essence.
Let your heart guide you, free of all limitation, regimentation, and fear."
Happiness is your birthright! Accept it. Live it. Enjoy it. Each person, regardless of wealth, status, age, or religion has the hidden desire to be happy. The urge for happiness is behind every other desire. The problem is that each person also forms a hidden or subconscious pattern that creates unhappiness. We learn those patterns. We learn to be unhappy. Some people even identify and depend on unhappiness.
80% of us learn to communicate and manipulate through some form of dishonesty to the self, self-pity, or negative mood. In this way we stand in our own shadow and wonder why it’s not sunny.
Happiness is a choice. It comes from the realization that we are complete in design and potential. Happiness is never found in circumstance, possessions, or relationships. It is an attitude we bring to all areas of life.
Actually, the sun is shining all the time. We need only clear the clouds and rise above them. We have tools to rid the subconscious of the patterns of hidden self-concepts that block us from choosing our birthright of happiness.
The 2018 Mantra and Meditation for Happiness will be out later this Spring.