Happiness Resides Within May 29, 2011Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Mindfulness.
But, when we look for happiness in “all the wrong places,” we cause unnecessary suffering to ourselves and others.
Reading this week’s posts reminded me that we will not find lasting happiness:
Spending money to buy symbols of status to impress others with our material success may buy “external approval” . . . but it’s apt to evaporate in short order.
Allowing greed and jealousy to blossom will not create lasting happiness. We cannot add to our happiness by causing suffering in others.
People who say and do stupid things are worthy of our compassion. Their stupidity is what makes them human . . . even if we can’t understand how they ended up “that way.”
We do not laugh because we are happy . . . we are happy because we laugh.
* In “righteous indignation” and anger when others don’t say or do what we want and expect them to do.
Anger is a signal. If we remain mindful, we can choose how best to respond: (1) observe the anger and do nothing, allowing it to dissipate; (2) share the anger with others in a constructive way; or (3) share the anger with others in a destructive way. Sometime we sacrifice our happiness by insisting that we are “right.”
The goal of life is not to be better than anyone else . . . but instead to be better than our previous self. When we accept who we are right now, we have the energy to become “the best” that we can be.
* In forgetting to count our blessings. Simple pleasures are life’s treasures: getting a good night’s sleep . . . having a house to call “home”. . . our faithful companions . . . the wonders of nature . . . surviving Mother Nature’s wrath . . . life’s miracles and mysteries . . . enjoying freedom of choice.
We alone must decide where our priorities lie.
Look deep. The answers lie within . . .
As does happiness.
Quote: It is interesting to me that people don’t see any connection between their misery and their complaints ~ their feeling of being a victim; the feeling that everyone is doing something to them. It’s amazing. How many times has this connection been pointed out in the dharma talks? How many? And yet because of our fear we won’t look.
~ Charlotte Joko Beck, Everyday Zen, Love & Work
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