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Happiness

01/12/2015

To be happy

Turn away from the vile mass media—the tool used by the controllers to manipulate the masses. It shapes and moulds opinions and attitudes and defines what is normal and acceptable.

The way

Turn to the Noble Eightfold Path:  “Right view, Right intention, Right speech, Right action, Right livelihood, Right effort, Right mindfulness, Right concentration.” Develop the divisions of the Noble Eightfold Path more or less simultaneously, as far as possible, according to your capacity.

Understanding

Understand that we can no more control our thoughts than we can control the weather, as both are phenomena of the most amazingly complex natural systems. And if we have no hope of controlling our emotions, we can hardly be held responsible any more than we can be held responsible for feeling hot or cold. We do, however, have complete dominion over our behaviour, and that is a sacred responsibility.

Follow the way of Zen and Taoist masters

Quiet your mind, connect with the universal mind and receive the information you seek through your intuition, instead of trying to work it out analytically. Then you’ll know, and you won’t feel the need for endless words and labels, or to justify and argue about endless technicalities.

Give thanks

Wisely reflecting, I use this food not for fun, not for pleasure, not for fattening, not for beautification, but only for the maintenance and nourishment of this body, for keeping it healthy, for helping with the Spiritual Life; Thinking thus, I will allay hunger without overeating, so that I may continue to live blamelessly and at ease.

Remember

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. Say you’re running and you think, ‘Man, this hurts, I can’t take it anymore. The ‘hurt’ part is an unavoidable reality, but whether or not you can stand anymore is up to the runner himself. ~Haruki Murakami (2008) What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

Nail it

The average human being thinks that happiness lies in stability, in tying up all the loose ends and having things under control. But actually, happiness lies in being able to relax with our true condition, which is basically fleeting, dynamic, and fluid, not in any way solid, not in any way permanent. It’s transient by nature. ~Pema Chodron

And, lastly

“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.
“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.
“You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.” ~Lewis Carroll (1865) Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Wake up!


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