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Happiness

“The idea behind Nowhere – choosing to sit still long enough to turn inward – is at heart a simple one.  If your car is broken, you don’t try to find ways to repaint its chassis; most of our problems – and therefore our solutions, our peace of mind – lie within.  To hurry around trying to find happiness outside ourselves make about as much sense as the comical figure in the Islamic parable who, having lost a key in his living room, goes out into the street to look for it because there’s more light there.” ~ Pico Iyer, The Art of Stillness

“Whenever you feel sad, sit by the side of a tree, by the side of the river, by the side of a rock, and just relax into your sadness without any fear.  The more you relax, the more you will become acquainted with the beauties of sadness.  Then sadness will start changing its form; it will become a silent joy, uncaused by anybody outside you.  That will not be shallow happiness, which can be taken away very easily.  And getting deeper into your aloneness, one day you will find not only joy – joy is only midway.  Happiness is very superficial, depends on others; joy is in the middles, does not depend on anyone.  But going deeper you will come to the state of bliss – that’s what I call enlightenment.” ~ Osho, Love, Freedom, Alonenss: The Koan of Relationships

“You have to create the atmosphere of happiness around you.  If everybody is miserable, how can you be happy?  You will be affected.  You are not a stone, you are a very delicate being, very sensitive.  If everybody is miserable around you, their misery will affect you.  Misery is as infectious as any disease.  Blissfulness is also infectious as any disease.  If you help others to be happy, in the end you help yourself to be happy.” ~ Osho, Love, Freedom, Alonenss: The Koan of Relationships

“A self-centered person is always seeking his happiness.  And this is the beauty of it, that the more you seek your happiness the more you will help others to be happy.  Because that is the only way to be happy in the world.  If everybody else around you is unhappy, you cannot be happy, because man is not an island.  He is part of the vast continent.  If you want to be happy, you will have to help others who surround you to be happy.  Then – and only then – can you be happy.” ~ Osho, Love, Freedom, Alonenss: The Koan of Relationships

“It was our belief that the love of possessions is a weakness to be overcome. Its appeal is to the material part, and if allowed its way, it will in time disturb one’s spiritual balance. Therefore, children must early learn the beauty of generosity. They are taught to give what they prize most, that they may taste the happiness of giving.” ~ Ohiyesa, American Indian

“If your goal is to avoid pain and escape suffering, I would not advise you to seek higher levels of consciousness or spiritual evolution.  First, you cannot achieve them without suffering, and second, insofar as you do achieve them, you are likely to be called on to serve in ways more painful to you, or at least demanding of you, than you can now imagine.  Then why desire to evolve at all, you may ask.  If you ask this question, perhaps you do not know enough of joy.” ~ Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled

“I have lived through much, and now I think I have found what is needed for happiness.  A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor – such is my idea of happiness.  And then, on top of all that, you for a mate, and children, perhaps – what more can the heart of a man desire?” ~ Leo Tolstoy, Into the Wild