Monday, May 12, 2008

Happiness


"...the purpose of our life is happiness...."

"...we don't need more money, we don't need greater success or fame, we don't need the perfect body or even the perfect mate --- right now, at this very moment, we have a mind, which is all the basic equipment we need to achieve complete happiness...the mind...now, the secret to my own hapiness, my own good future, is within my own hands, within my own mind...If you maintain a feeling of compassion, loving kindness, then something automatically opens your inner door..."

(positive thoughts beget positive feelings)

"...Achieving genuine happiness may require bringing about a transformation in your outlook, your way of thinking and this is not a simple matter...(it's) a constant battle within, replacing previous negative conditioning or habituation with new positive conditioning...through training, we can change, we can transform ourselves (our thoughts)...I may become irritated and develop sone anger, but it dissipates very quickly. There is no effect on the deeper mind. (no lingering negative thoughts) This was achieved through gradual practice. It didn't happen over night..."

...CHANGE TAKES TIME...

It is within us all. We can achieve, maintain and live a happy life, regardless of what happens to us or what happens around us. It's all witin you, in your mind. Develop a mind that thinks positive, a mind that sees the good around you and you will also feel happy. You will be HAPPY, you will achieve a peace of mind and your life will become much more enjoyable! It is within you.... YOU CAN DO IT!

The above quotes are by the Dalai Lama
:-)

2 Comments:

jim said...

I agree with much of this, but have a terrible time trying to apply it to the young in the third world countries, you know what I mean, as well as to many in the more developed places.

I think that often people speak these things with some specific and very limited audience in mind, or subjects in mind, and don't really intend to be speaking for everyone in every situation of birth and reality.

Again, just some thoughts, nothing wrong with the dalai lama, I respect his understanding.

jon be me said...

Agree with you on that Jim. Ones situation has a powerful pull on the ability to be "happy".

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