Happiness and conclusion are strong themes today. Happiness/joy is the meaning of Wunjo, the source of today’s affirmation and the eighth and final rune in the first aett (or rune “family”) of the Elder Futhark. It’s also nearly a full moon, and I started this series just after the new moon. (It’s fascinating how present cycles are in our lives, and how it takes only a little silence and stillness to see them.)
The Anglo-Saxon rune poem, Verse VIII, as translated by B. Dickins in Runic and Heroic Poems of the Old Teutonic Peoples:
(bliss) he enjoys who knows not suffering, sorrow nor
anxiety, and has prosperity and happiness and a good
The poem says bliss comes from “not knowing suffering, sorrow, or anxiety.” How is it possible to live daily life without experiencing these emotions? Maybe the answer isn’t avoiding these emotions or pretending they don’t exist, but rather choosing how you will allow them to affect you. Abraham Lincoln said it best: “People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
Does the “prosperity and happiness” in the second line come from material things and other people, or is it found within us? The answer is found in the wise words of another icon, the 14th Dalai Lama: “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”
Being happy isn’t about what or who you have in your life, it’s about deciding to have joy now, and settling for nothing less. Many of us spend immense time and energy chasing things and people we think will eventually make us happy, meanwhile robbing ourselves of joy in the present. The typical list titled, “what I need to be happy” is usually long: the “perfect” partner, family, career, house, car, and on and on. What’s even more unpleasant than the burden of these unrealistic expectations is the inevitable realization that, regardless of what we do or accumulate, perfection does not exist.
You know that feeling of satisfaction that comes from successfully completing a project you’ve invested a lot of time and energy in? And how that feeling is colored with joy when you stand back and look at what you’ve created? These feelings are the essence of Wunjo, and describe one road to honest and sustainable happiness – a road that begins inside you.
I am living my higher purpose as I do what brings me joy.
I am joyful right now.
(Look for Day 9’s affirmation the first week of October.)
About these affirmations: if the words presented above don’t ring true for you, change them! The words don’t do the work on their own…it’s words + repetition + personal intent and emotional connection that make affirmations such powerful catalysts for positive change. Feel free to create ones that feel good and reflect who you are.
Click here to see other affirmations in this series.
Affirmations by Orin and Sanaya Roman