Today many people find life stressful, as they look for security and lasting happiness in a world that’s changing rapidly. So where could you possibly find happiness that lasts? Perhaps in the last place you would think to look.
After all, do you know how difficult it is to get happiness from things in the world? OK, let’s see how many moving parts have to come together in order to get the happiness that you want. Here’s an example. If my new car crashes as I pull out of the dealer’s lot, then my happiness will quickly turn into misery. Or if the car breaks down in a week and becomes a lemon, then the thing that was the source of my happiness becomes the source of my sorrow.
But let’s say the car remains in good condition, does that guarantee happiness? No, I have to retain the ability to drive it, don’t I? If I lose my driver’s license or my sight, I will no longer be able to drive this car. Then the thing that caused my happiness will lose its luster.
And then to top it off, even if my car remains in good condition, and I retain the capacity to drive it, my mind can change. If while driving my new car down the road I ruminate on my problems at work, I may think, “Darn, I wish I could be happier.” So how many moving parts have to line up for happiness: the object, your ability to enjoy it, and your mind. I think you’ll agree that’s too many parts….Continue reading at InspireMeToday.com.
Michael is an author and an expert on meditation.
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