Of Saturdays and being alone luxuriously.
Happiness IS the way.
“The enlightened know that to make the world a painless place, you must change your heart, not the world.
That is the state of one who has reached perfection. He has conquered his mind and leads an equipoised existence. He knows himself to be infinite bliss and is unaffected by the pleasures or pains of empirical life. His apparent joys and sorrows are only superficial waves passing over the eternal calm of his real self. He had used every circumstance to make himself firmer and firmer in that unshakable state.”
On a day when I was feeling emotional and affected, these words came to me.
Everything does happen for a reason.
“We know very well that the present moment is the only moment when we can get in touch with life. The past is not here anymore; the past no longer contains life. And the future isn’t here yet. The past isn’t something real, the future isn’t real either. Only the present moment is real. So the practice is getting in touch with the present moment, making ourselves available to the present moment, establishing ourselves in the present moment, then we can touch life, and really live our life. And that is done with one step, it is done with one breath, with one cup of tea, one breakfast, it’s done with one sound of the bell. And all of that brings us back to the present moment so that we can live our life.”-Thich Nhat Hanh
“Failure is everywhere. It’s just that most of the time we would rather avoid confronting that fact…
Our efforts not to think about failure leave us with a severely distorted understanding of what it takes to be successful. An openness to the emotional experience of failure can be a stepping-stone to a much richer kind of happiness than can be achieved by focusing only on success.”
The phrase “failure is the mother of success” didn’t come from our predecessors for nothing – they knew the meaning and value of failure, something our society seems to be rediscovering – thankfully.