The present moment is freedom.
This freedom is the essence of true happiness.
Life happens in the 'now' and never not in the now.
Most people confuse their life with the things that seem to make up their life. But that is not your life, they are just the things that happen to be in your life at this time.
For example, if your car breaks down on the way home from work you may think your life is hard or you might say “FML”.
You are seeing the THINGS of your life as YOU. But they are not the same. It is a false equivalence, a misinterpretation and an illusion but it's very easy to be tricked.
Albert Einstein famously once said...
The things of your life (events, people, finances, goals, set backs etc.) are just that... things.
They are not you.
Even your emotions, thoughts, body & mind are not you. They are “yours” and make up aspects of your personality (also known as your ego) but they are not who you really are.
Your life (who you really are) is beyond all of these things that you have experienced or acquired. You are the one observing and experiencing it all so how could those things possibly be you.
Yet when you step into the present moment "those things" become obviously secondary to you.
You then can see that in fact you are consciousness itself (pure awareness) and that you are simply observing it all.
You are pure awareness, or said another way, you are consciousness itself.
You may say that you know this, but look at this again for a second time.
We are not just saying you are conscious, which is true... we are saying "who you really are" IS consciousness itself!
Awareness also known as presence, or consciousness, or love is what is always primary. The true reality from which everything else pours out from. Everything you experience, feel, touch, hear, taste and smell stems out of that primary awareness.
This is why happiness seems so illusive for humanity, it's already within you yet we have all been taught to look for it outside of us. The path or the journey really isn't out there, it is in you!
All personal growth, change, success and happiness comes from within. That may seem obvious but again we invite you to look at how you are going about your life right now.
We are all currently where we are in life directly due to our current level of consciousness.
There is no "bad or good" here, instead just infinite levels of growth and it works in cycles.