This is what happens when one practices presence steadily. You could say that there is no goal in the practice of presence but there are effects of this practice. Causeless happiness is one.
You find yourself happy for no reason and it just comes out of nowhere. It comes out of nowhere to the thinking mind which needs an answer, a reason, an analysis, a why, but when the mind settles down, happiness arises.
In the present moment you can see all. All of what is. You can see all the judgments, complaints, conflicts, and subconscious beliefs. As this practice becomes more of a lifestyle the mind begins to settle like water on a lake and when the water is still you can see the bottom.
Another analogy is that if you imagine an emulsion, oil and vinegar, oil, and water, eventually the substances will separate. This is what happens with presence when the mind stills, “stuff” comes to the surface.
This “stuff” is all the things most believe are part of their makeup. This stuff arises to be released, not played with. To notice the beliefs and then turn them into a big story, make them a part of your life, talk about them incessantly is not releasing; it is holding on (clinging).
The other side of this is dismissing or ignoring. This will push them down and they will return later as part of your life.
Take the middle way.
Simply notice. Notice when the beliefs arise and it's sometimes fascinating when they do. Notice, and that’s it. That’s practicing presence. Not forcing a still mind because that is like stirring up mud in the water. Witnessing and allowing beliefs to surface so you may notice them. That’s all!
Eventually, their dissipation allows for your natural state of causeless happiness to arise.
It is subtle but noticeable and words are too shallow to describe it accurately. To practice presence requires a change in habit or being but it’s well worth it. Once this feeling of causeless happiness is felt it is almost impossible to return to the old ways.
Causeless happiness. The thinking mind tries so hard to figure it out. There must be a reason and it will try to associate many things with it. There is no cause, it's only who you really are.
"Who can (make) the muddy water (clear)? Let it be still, and it will gradually become clear." - Laozi (Translator: James Legge)
"Imagine how it might feel to suspend all your judging and instead let each moment be just as it is, without attempting to evaluate it as 'good' or 'bad.' This would be a true stillness, a true liberation." - Jon Kabat-Zinn