Ricard: question 2, what blocks happiness

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2. What blocks happiness?
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The second question is a little more difficult to answer.
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It requires scanning our experience to see where we’re caught—in thoughts, emotions, or behaviors.
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In the beginning, we may not be clear about what we’re thinking or feeling, and it may take some practice in getting to know ourselves before we can begin to answer the question fairly quickly.
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It may be useful to keep a journal on hand to both explore and catalog your responses to this question.
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Sometimes the only answer that comes to the second question is “I don’t know.”
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These are the times when we can’t clearly see where or how we’re caught.
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In this situation, we periodically return to the second question, so that we can eventually recognize, quite specifically, what is blocking happiness.
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Once we see clearly where we’re stuck we can move on to the third question.
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