October 13, 2012 by blogmasterjdeam
Oh, how very difficult it is to hold on to this state called happiness. It is trying indeed. We tighten our fists in frustration; we force our minds into meditation; we sing, dance, read spiritual books. We do all the things we did yesterday when we were filled with happiness, but just like a balloon filled with hot air … off it goes.
We somehow get attached to the idea of “happiness” and then when we can’t find it, we fall back into whatever state we existed in before. But not quite, because once we’ve tasted it, we remember what it tastes like and we want to feel EXACTLY that way again. Never mind about the ebbs and flows of life. A happy person can ride those waves, right?
This is the problem with holding on so tightly to this concept of happiness. It’s like holding on too tightly to the butterfly we caught as a child. Our desire for happiness starts to steamroll over the top of everything else — our desire, not the happiness.
Ideally the point we are trying to get to is one where we live completely without desire; we want for nothing. Everything we have is enough. When Jesus talked about being in the world, but not of the world, this is it. You have what you need to exist, and to do the work you came here to do, but you’re not busy “keeping up with the Joneses.” That’s not what the path up the mountain is about.
“If you let go a little, you will have a little happiness. If
you let go a lot, you will have a lot of happiness. And
if you let go completely, you will be completely
happy.” ~Ajahn Chah
Yours on the path, with great gratitude for your company, Chris