With all due respect and deep salutations, Lord Buddha knew stuff..a lot of it in fact.
The majority of us spend our lives pursuing relationships, jobs, and amusement without realising that we are actually pursuing the pleasurable emotions that these pursuits elicit. Then we realise that this wasn’t a reliable source of happiness in the first place when our partners mercilessly dump us or our employment cause us to become overly stressed. We might intensify our frenzied search for fleeting happiness. Because of our unending desire for growth outside of ourselves, the ecology of the world is actually breaking. However, it’s possible that an internal resource already exists and is just waiting to be used. And it wouldn’t be nearly as unsatisfactory, transitory, or erratic. Where and how do we dig to get to this goldmine is the issue.
The simplest joy is often found in unexpected places
Hedonia stems from only one source of stimulus. Genuine inner well-being has a variety of root reasons. According to the Buddha, the easiest and most efficient path to holistic joy is ethical blamelessness. The contemporary person is one of the most social creatures ever. Our brains have evolved to reward us according to what is beneficial to the community. This means that you cannot act out of control in your anger or harsh speech without suffering the repercussions, namely the disruption of your priceless mind. Your objective is to halt the lunacy snowball before it hits you, not to add to it. Because you truly have control, doing so would naturally bring happiness. You only experience the structured compassion of a rigid moral code; you don’t live with regrets, remorse, or agitation.
This one should be obvious
According to science, a wandering mind is not a cheerful mind. Harvard happiness researchers discovered that, on average, 47% of your time is wasted in fantasies and obsessions about the past and the future. You should be in charge of when and why your mind leaves the present moment, not that you should be “always in the present.” That is, if you don’t want a group of crazy, stimuli-dependent monkeys to be in charge of the profound ship of your mind. According to the Buddha, exceptional mental stability, which is based on control of the senses, is the key to releasing the bliss that is already present in awareness. Meditation, affirmations, mantras, and aspirational prayers are some techniques you can use to develop your consciousness. Eventually, it won’t be so weak that it requires external stimulation, but will be infused with the power and joy to push you towards more outer happiness. Please believe me; I’ve been there.
Playing the long game is what brings the deepest satisfaction
The Buddha once said, “I am neither a god nor a man; I am simply awake.” Higher consciousness is much more attuned to reality than our current state of consciousness, just as your awareness right now is lucidly more alert than a dream. The way in which negative emotions usually outweigh positive ones in dreams is a good analogy for this. We frequently believe our emotions and perceptions to be entirely true. The root of the craving, hostility, and mental disarray that results in negative feelings is this. It doesn’t end there, either. We project this negativity onto external things without realising that it all began in our clouded thoughts. The most frightening aspect is that we still do this while we are conscious. We spiritually uneducated people are simply dreaming with our eyes open, according to India’s yogis, who have been practising for countless generations. Is there joy in understanding that our concerns are truly transient and impersonal, just as we might experience a rush of happiness in the middle of a nightmare once we realise it’s only a dream? You must find the solution.
A significant pattern is present here
As opposed to being controlled by reactions, ethical blamelessness provides you the freedom to shape your actions. Also, this is a big one for all of you uncontrolled dopamine junkies. You become awake by taking charge of your thoughts—both what enters them and how you use them after that. Your mind’s capacity for happiness is immediately visible. You realise that you are the main contributor to your own pain without even realising it as you work towards a more accurate perception of reality. You haven’t ever experienced the joy of true inner, autonomous freedom because you’ve outsourced your happiness to things outside of yourself. Happiness is neither a goal to pursue nor a success, so we need to flip this notion around. You’ve had it as a basis ever since you started. The only task ahead is living that reality.
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“According to the Buddha, the easiest and most efficient path to holistic joy is ethical blamelessness.” Yes, and perhaps that begins in not blaming oneself which seems to “naturally” transform into blaming others.
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Robert Cusick gave the first talk in a speaker series titled “Living Wisely in the World: Caring for Mind, Family, Society, and Planet”. There are many benefits to training in sila or by living in integrity with the precepts. When we recognize and respect the importance of integrity as a foundational underpinning of Buddhism and choose to develop it as a personal daily practice, we access a powerful tool that can be used for both our immediate and complete liberation from suffering. By choosing to train in this way, we create the conditions in our own lives to understand and experience what’s known as the “Bliss of Blamelessness.
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Thank you. Made me happy 😊
Living in the now helps uncomplicate life from the things that make it confusing.
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Absolutely. Living in the present moment means not worrying about what has happened in the past or worrying about what will happen in the future. It entails appreciating what is happening right now and living in the present. Choosing to live in the past or the future not only deprives you of enjoyment today, but it also deprives you of truly living.
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