The relationship between “I” and Happiness!

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THEODORE ROBINSON: “La débâcle”, 1892 – oil on canvas – Scripps College, Claremont, California –
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When you take things personally—or hunger for approval—what happens?
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You suffer.
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When you identify with something as “me” or try to possess something as “mine,”
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you set yourself up for suffering,
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since all things are frail and will inevitably pass away.
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When you stand apart from other people and the world as “I,”
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you feel separate and vulnerable—and suffer.
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On the other hand, when you relax the subtle sense of contraction at the very nub of “me”—when you’re immersed in the flow of life rather than standing apart from it, when ego and egotism fade to the background—then you feel more peaceful and fulfilled.
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You may have experienced this under a starry night sky, at the edge of the sea, or when your child was born.
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Paradoxically, the less your “I” is here, the happier you are.
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