By Ezra Bayda
Many books were released in recent times on happiness. Ezra Bayda, a remarkably down-to-earth Zen instructor, believes that the happiness "boom" has been mostly a bust for readers. Why? simply because it is exactly the pursuit of happiness that retains us trapped in cycles of dissatisfaction and suffering.
In past Happiness, Bayda attracts on Zen teachings to question our traditional notions approximately what happiness is and the place we will be able to locate it. such a lot folks search happiness in issues which are exterior to us. We think that obtaining more cash, a greater dating, or occurring a pleasant holiday will eventually make us chuffed. yet Bayda indicates us that the private and longest lasting type of happiness doesn't depend upon exterior situation in any respect. Bayda bargains Zen insights and practices that time readers towards the genuine assets of lasting happiness: mindfulness, compassion, gratitude, and generosity.
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Instinctively we will want to turn away from it, because we tend to want to avoid discomfort in any form. But being fully present with this discomfort will often diminish it to the extent that it’s no longer problematic. ” If we can do this, the self-judgments may still arise, but we will no longer believe them as The Truth. I’m not asking you to believe this on faith. If you sincerely want to live a happier life, you might try this and verify for yourself what is possible. Why don’t we bring awareness to the beliefs of the thinking mind more often, since it’s so obvious that these beliefs block happiness?
While still feeling the breath in the center of the chest, also let awareness extend to include the room, the air, the sounds around you. You might be amazed how much enters your awareness that you would not have noticed before. Stay with the physical experience of whatever arises—actually feeling the air and hearing the sounds. When thoughts arise, you can notice them, but try not to actively engage them. Instead, bring awareness to their physical nature. For example, if you are thinking about something you need to do, simply allow the thought to pass through you, without latching onto or following it.
Or, as in the man’s belief about the buttered toast, we can see how our beliefs act like radar: what we perceive is determined by what we’re believing and looking for. Living in our heads, the ground of all our judgments, fears, and limiting beliefs, creates a self-centered narrowness and is a prescription for unhappiness. It is quite interesting to begin observing all the ways we get caught in the thinking mind. For example, many people spend a lot of time planning. There’s nothing wrong with planning when a situation requires it, but simple observation shows us that we’re often lost in planning without even knowing it.