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Love for David

UCSD

Remembering David

Public Memorial

Sharing Happiness and Laughter

“Laughter is a symptom of spirituality. Laughter is the flow of love coursing through your body. Laughter is the nectar of present moment awareness. Invite more laughter into your life and relish the magic in every moment.” ~David Simon

One of David’s favorite pieces of advice was to stop taking ourselves so seriously. In his lectures, would frequently tell his audiences that the most enlightened beings he had met were light-hearted and retained that child-like sense of wonder and spontaneous delight in the world. David loved to share jokes and funny stories, and it was beautiful to see his own smile light up as he burst into laughter.

When David was first diagnosed, he requested that people send him their favorite jokes and stories  by posting them on lovefordavid.com. The collection is now quite large and continues to grow. In the spirit of lightheartedness, we invite you to visit the Jokes and Funny Stories webpage, enjoy a good laugh, and share your own favorites.

You Deserve to Be Happy

Like many other spiritual teachers, David believed that the purpose of life is the expansion of happiness. He often spoke and wrote about happiness, and it is the first topic he addresses in his best-selling book Free to Love, Free to Heal. Here is a passage from that book that expresses the essence of his perspective on happiness:

I often ask my patients struggling with a life issue, “Do you deserve to be happy?” More often than not, I receive a tenuous answer. “I’d like to say I do, but I’m not so sure” is a fairly typical response. Or I may hear, “I can’t remember anyone in my life ever telling me it’s my right to be happy.” Well, if you haven’t heard it before, hear it now: YOU DESERVE TO BE HAPPY!

Although relatively few of us were told during our upbringing that the expansion of happiness is the purpose of life, most people sense somewhere in their soul that more joy ought to be part of the equation.

How, then, do we move from a state of constriction to a state of ever greater freedom and happiness? The first step towards genuine awakening is setting the intention . . . deciding to live a life that reflects your right to happiness.

 

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