Remember – We Are Happy Beings
Let no thing steal your inner joy.
We are so conditioned to desire fulfilment that we engage in excessive activity which leads to frustration and in fact, addiction, and this creates our destiny.
As Lao Tzu said,
“Watch your thoughts, they become words;
watch your words, they become actions;
watch your actions, they become habits;
watch your habits, they become character;
watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”
Our activities – beyond the necessary – merely fill time and space. We occupy emptiness because we fear boredom: this is the tiring cycle of human existence. We are so obsessed with our achievements that we forget the joy of just being.
“Well, I’m happy when I achieve something!”
“True, but then you want to achieve something else, thus merely repeating a pattern.”
Happiness is just here, now, resting in perfect absorption. It’s so nice when everything stops and we come to rest. We get glimpses of this from time to time, but unfortunately we associate these with particular activities or places: of course, some places and activities are more conducive to perfect stillness, but we quickly return to the old habits of seeking happiness and satisfaction in some thing. This doesn’t mean we cannot enjoy ourselves: just don’t let it become all-consuming, taking over life, otherwise this becomes not only our destiny, but also our fate.
Unfortunately, we have a vague idea of what happiness is, and so we spend our precious time looking to see what others are doing, and then attempt to outdo them. Happiness that relies on conditions is futile. “I’m happier than you!” is merely more enslavement to addiction, a samsaric god.
It is sad that we are looking for something that we already are. Happiness is merely contentment in being.
“You have just explained the reason for your imprisonment perfectly.”
Wanting more than is necessary is a product of an over-agitated society, in which everything becomes a competition. If we are not content to take the lower seat, or know when enough is enough, we indulge ourselves and our subtle body becomes stressed with misplaced energies. Can you feel the tension in your facial muscles at this moment?
Outer circumstances may be discouraging, but inner joy is always present. In a relative sense, we have to accept that the world isn’t perfect.
Our bodies, our minds and the world may suffer,
but pure awareness of this suffering is not suffering.
It is just aware.
It is the sane centre of a healthy, happy mind.