20 Feb Mindfulness & Happiness
There’s a very valuable concept in mindfulness that’s directly relevant to happiness – it concerns the non-judgemental observation of reality. In essence, it’s about watching what is and what isn’t, expecting no more or no less, and accepting “this is it”.
While conducting some mindfulness related study I also came across this wonderful passage by Gary Snyder (from The Practice of the Wild);
“All of us are apprenticed to the same teacher that the religious instituttions originally worked with: reality. Reality insight says…master the 24 hours. Do it well, without self-pity. It is as hard to get the children herded into the car and down the road to the bus as it is to chant sutras in the Buddha-hall on a cold morning. One is not better than the other, each can be quite boring, and they both have the virtuous quality of repetition. Repitition and ritual and their good results come in many forms. Changing a filter, wiping noses, going to meetings, picking up around the house, washing dishes…don’t let yourself think these are distracting you from your more serious pursuits. Such a round of chores is not a set of difficulties we hope to escape from so that we may do our “practice” which will put us on a “path” – it IS our path.
Learning to be more mindful will undoubtedly enhance your happiness. Happiness comes from mindfulness. Read and contemplate the above passage and put it into practice in your own life…this will help you find the path to happiness!