The Story of the Musk Deer and Seeking Happiness

The male musk deer secretes musk from a gland in his abdomen, which emits this heavenly scent. The story says that one day he set off to roam the mountains and forests, searching tirelessly for this divine aroma until he got exhausted. As he collapsed, he accidentally pierced his own belly and noticed the air filled with the essence he was looking for. 

The analogy symbolically represents our search for happiness and how we keep looking for it in all the wrong places. Some people spend a lifetime searching for happiness out there in the world, only to come to the realization that we are the source of our own happiness. We can experience joy without having to depend on external circumstances. Things may bring us temporary pleasures, but long-lasting happiness is about learning how to enjoy every present moment. Happiness is not a place or a destination; it’s the journey that counts and how we choose to live our lives to the fullest.

Don’t be fooled by looking out there.

Don’t neglect to look within so that you can look beyond the things full of false promises.

Don’t roam through life running away from your spiritual “essence” without becoming aware that it can be found right inside you. 

Trust and believe in your “dear”self as you passionately seek your purpose and values. 

Find your soul  and tap into the well of inspiration, true potential, and happiness. 

What we seek is already within us.

Antoinette Giacobbe M.A.