Happiness is the ideal state of being that we all strive for, yet often we believe that external circumstances or other people are responsible for creating this. Genuine happiness needs only an authentic relationship with ourselves and a willingness to accept ourselves completely. This then determines how we form relationships with others and see the world around us. Life experiences, material objects and even relationships may provide fleeting moments of happiness, but developing a true love of self is akin to touching eternity.  

Words by Tania Crossingham.  

Hand painted on calfskin vellum using gouache, ink and embellished with gold leaf.  

Original Image size 13 x17 cm

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