What does it mean to be free from both happiness and sadness?
It means being free from obligations to label happiness as joy.
It means being free from obligations to label sadness as loss of self-worth.
When you say, “Happiness, is happiness,” then you are free from happiness. When you say, “Sadness is just sadness,” then you have gained freedom from sadness.
Being free from happiness and sadness does not mean that you will prohibit yourself from experiencing happiness and sadness.
Let happiness come. And when happiness comes, you must allow its unrestricted entry. This boldness, to not to restrict happiness, is the Truth. It is unconditional.
When happiness has notions attached to it, then happiness is no more happiness. When happiness becomes significant to you, when happiness means much more to you, then it is no more happiness, happiness becomes a proxy for joy.
Spirituality means to know happiness as just happiness.
Spirituality means happiness is not a proxy for joy. So, I do not need to label the conditional as unconditional. So, I do not need to label the changeable as unchangeable. So, I do not need to label happiness as contentment.