Posts Tagged ‘happiness’

Happy is located where?

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“I am happy in the present moment.
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I do not ask for anything else.
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I do not expect any additional happiness or conditions that will bring about more happiness.
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The most important practice is aimlessness, not running after things, not grasping.”
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– Thich Nhat Hanh
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my two cents:

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Maybe we should rethink our concept of happiness.
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Seems like fulfilling desires does not lead to happiness but suffering or addiction.
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Practicing aimlessness is the opposite of how we Americans live.
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We can have goals but must return from the future to live in this moment, content!
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Being content with ourselves and our position in life opens up this moment, the only time happiness is available.
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Updated: Self worth can be fixed through affirmations and mindfulness practice!

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“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”

– Lucille Ball –
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Self worth or unworthiness has to be dealt with before we can seriously consider finding happiness.

Lucille is correct, self love is the first rung on the ladder to happy.

Affirmation will correct this negative situation.

Example:

In this moment right now, I accept all of me.
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Joy and Suffering

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All joy in this world comes from wanting others to be happy,
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and all suffering in this world comes from wanting only oneself to be happy.
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—Shantideva
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Anticipation

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“Well,” said Pooh,
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“what I like best,”
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and then he had to stop and think.
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Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do,
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there was a moment just before you began to eat it
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which was better than when you were,
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but he didn’t know what it was called.
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~A.A. Milne
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beyond Mindfulness

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Notice how your attention keeps wandering off and returning.
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Be aware of the movement of attention as it shifts from one thing to another, from thoughts to feelings to sensations and back again.
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In other words, be aware of awareness itself.
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In doing this, you’re accessing a level of awareness that’s prior to your usual habitual awareness.
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Now ask yourself: If I’m the one who’s aware of my thoughts, who is it who’s aware of the movement of awareness?
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In being aware of the thinking, am I not completely outside of the thinking process itself?
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Can I locate the one who is aware?
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Just sit with this inquiry and see what arises.
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Happiness: Ricard

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One must practice the things which produce happiness,
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since if that is present we have everything

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and if it is absent we do everything in order to have it.
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EPICURUS
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Ricard: pleasure and happiness part 2

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“In brief, there is no direct relationship between pleasure and happiness.
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This distinction does not suggest that we mustn’t seek out pleasurable sensations.
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There is no reason to deprive ourselves of the enjoyment of a magnificent landscape, of swimming in the sea, or of the scent of a rose.
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Pleasures become obstacles only when they upset the mind’s equilibrium and lead to an obsession with gratification or an aversion to anything that thwarts them.
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Although intrinsically different from happiness, pleasure is not its enemy.
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It all depends on how it is experienced.
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If it is tainted with grasping and impedes inner freedom, giving rise to avidity and dependence, it is an obstacle to happiness.
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On the other hand, if it is experienced in the present moment, in a state of inner peace and freedom, pleasure adorns happiness without overshadowing it.”

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