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Happy Buddha

Happiness and How it Happens

yuliazemlyanykhhas quoted2 years ago
When you make friends with the present moment, you feel at home no matter where you are. When you don’t feel at home in the now, no matter where you go, you will carry unease with you.
yuliazemlyanykhhas quoted2 years ago
F WE ARE PRESENT, WE CAN BE CURIOUS; if we’re curious, it helps keep us present. By curiosity I mean being interested in what’s happening in the body and noticing our thoughts. The question really is – are we interested in what’s going on?
yuliazemlyanykhhas quoted2 years ago
So if you want to know whether you are doing it right, just look at your life and your relationships with other people.
yuliazemlyanykhhas quoted2 years ago
Don’t try to find the time, make the time.
yuliazemlyanykhhas quoted2 years ago
So long as there is a belief in the existence of a separate self inside us, we will strive anxiously to get life right.
yuliazemlyanykhhas quoted2 years ago
True meditation is about seeing the truth of this, seeing that there is no ‘doer of the deed’ to be found; that there is nobody at central control running the show, and there never has been. This is the truth of no-self, the essence of meditation practice. Our experience is that ‘I’m running the show’, but when this is seen or even glimpsed to be just a story (thoughts) then we can relax and let life just happen – it does anyway. It is then seen that what we are is Pure Awareness itself, that we are whole and complete as we are, which is true happiness
yuliazemlyanykhhas quoted2 years ago
s. As we practise meditation, we learn that we are really a flow of ever-changing moods, feelings, emotions and thoughts and that ‘behind’ or ‘beyond’ thoughts and feelings there is aware
yuliazemlyanykhhas quoted2 years ago
. It is this ability to witness, irrespective of what is witnessed, that is the crux of meditation
yuliazemlyanykhhas quoted2 years ago
Meditation is not about who we can become, but about who we are. It’s not about changing ourselves into a different type of person, into a perfect person (there is no such thing as a perfect person), but about having a full-blooded experience of ourselves as we are, and accepting everything, absolutely everything about ourselves. This takes courage.
yuliazemlyanykhhas quoted2 years ago
We find that because we are not jumping to every command the mind makes, it quietens down, and this is the beginning of the rest and ease we have actually been striving for.
yuliazemlyanykhhas quoted2 years ago
We are so restless as a society because there is very little real awareness of our agitated minds, and the guilt and fear that are behind our activity.
yuliazemlyanykhhas quoted2 years ago
. The egoic mind hates being still because when there is stillness and observation it can be seen for what it is, and its reign as ruler is coming to an end.
yuliazemlyanykhhas quoted2 years ago
Normally we are driven into activity by thoughts, impulses and urges. But if we take time to sit quietly, as in meditation, we find that we can actually watch them come and go.
yuliazemlyanykhhas quoted2 years ago
es. It’s often not enough trying to renounce this, that and the other, if we are not learning how to embrace our desires and to stop being thrown around by them. It means looking at ourselves deeply and being honest about what is going on.
yuliazemlyanykhhas quoted2 years ago
All of us to varying degrees have a feeling of incompleteness. Perhaps it’s a feeling of not being fulfilled, maybe a sense that something needs to happen to us in order for us to feel happy and whole.
yuliazemlyanykhhas quoted2 years ago
If you want to simplify your life, you need to assess it and to be honest about it.
yuliazemlyanykhhas quoted2 years ago
The consumer society we live in has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things.
yuliazemlyanykhhas quoted2 years ago
If you find you are giving yourself a hard time, that again is the egoic mind telling its stories about how bad or useless you are, and you can notice that too.
yuliazemlyanykhhas quoted2 years ago
Notice what stories the mind is telling you during the day.
yuliazemlyanykhhas quoted2 years ago
The habitual tendency to experience ourselves through thought is great, and as a consequence we need patience, perseverance and kindness.
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