The ultimate purpose of all our activities is to be happy. We work hard, we earn money we buy beautiful dresses and we do many things in life just to be happy. But, let me ask you this. Have you ever been happy by doing those things? Well yeah, you must have. But, was that an ever-lasting happiness? When you do that same thing which made you happy over and over again, did u feel the same feeling again? Were you happy as before by doing those?
Happiness is all what we are looking for and it is the most difficult thing to find. What do you really mean by happiness? Is it a feeling? Or having so many superstitious things in life?
Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh, answer this question in a beautiful way. He says happiness is a way of being. He says it is based on inner peace.
“Many people think excitement is happiness.. But when you are excited you are not peaceful. True happiness is based on peace.”
He says we must accept things in the way they are. The more we try to change things so as to adapt to the outer environment, the more we end up in frustration.
“to be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself. When you are born a lotus flower, be a beautiful lotus flower. Don’t try to be a magnolia flower. If you crave acceptance and recognition and try to change yourself to fit what other people want you to be, you will suffer all your life. True happiness and true power lie in understanding yourself, accepting yourself, having confidence in yourself.”
He says in order to achieve acceptance, we must start to embrace the present and the beautiful miracles that exist around us.
“ When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filed with acceptance joy, peace and love…Around us, life bursts with miracles- a glass of water, a ray of sunshine, a leaf, a caterpillar, a flower, laughter, raindrops. If you live in awareness, it is easy to see miracles everywhere. Each human being is a multiplicity of miracles. Eyes that see thousands of colours, shapes and forms; ears that hear a bee flying or a thunderclap; a brain that ponders a speck of dust as easily as the entire cosmos; a heart that beats in rhythm with the heartbeat of all beings. When we are tired and feel discouraged by life’s daily struggles, we may not notice these miracles, but they are always there.”
Thich Nhat Hanh says this doesn’t mean we should not think about past or our future, but we should do so in a productive way.
“ To dwell in the here and now does not mean you never think about the past or responsibly for the future. The idea is simply not to allow yourself to get lost in regrets about the past or worries about the future. If you are firmly grounded in the present moment, the past can be an object of inquiry, the object of your mindfulness and concentration. You can attain many insights by looking into the past. But you are still grounded in the present moment.”
In Hack Spirit’s new ebook, “The Art of Mindfulness”, it is explained how you can clear your mind and live peacefully in the moment.
By devoting our full attention to this moment we are living, we can get rid of suffering, anxiety and fear. These would help us to be happy and content in our lives.