Mostly we look for happiness in the outside world. What we do not know is that it lies inside us. In our own mind lies the secret to be happy.
We attach too much importance to the outside world. For an average person, things like a posh house, a well-paying job, a successful business, money, car etc. are the source of their happiness.
If they do not get it, they are unhappy. As simple as that. They have made themselves dependent on those things. In other words, they are attached.
According to Buddha, the reason for all troubles is ‘attachment’. Attachment to things, people, objects etc. bring sadness/unhappiness.
The interesting thing is that we spend almost 99 percent of our lives looking for happiness. And we believe that we are going to get it by chasing money, chasing success etc.
Whatever we do chasing those things, brings a lot of tension and unhappiness in our lives.
The more we exert ourselves seeking those things that we ‘think’ will bring happiness, the more we find ourselves in depression.
SO, WHAT IS THE WAY FOR TRUE HAPPINESS AND CONTENTMENT?
Here is the Zen buddhist approach:
Accept everything in your life. A total acceptance of everything: good, bad, ugly, beautiful, pain, pleasure is needed.
As soon as you start accepting everything that comes your way, you will live in the moment.
Living in the moment will bring about real happiness. The reason why it is called ‘PRESENT’ is that this moment you are living now is a Gift from nature/God.
The present moment is a gift. Once you begin cherishing everything in it, you will discover real happiness.
All the energy of the universe is concentrated on THIS moment now. Once you discover the hidden energy by living in the present moment, you will get everything you want.
Then your life be truly happy and blissful.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ankush Chauhan is a Zen master who helps people realize the bliss in this moment! He blogs about his meditative experiences.
Hailing from a middle class family, Ankush now works full time helping people realize the Buddha that they are. The aim of Ankush is to bring more and more people to the world of bliss and joy that is the result of spiritual awakening.