By: Thich Nhat Hanh
Book Overview: In the rush of modern life, we tend to lose touch with the peace that is available in each moment. World-renowned Zen master, spiritual leader, and author Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how to make positive use of the very situations that usually pressure and antagonize us. For him a ringing telephone can be a signal to call us back to our true selves. Dirty dishes, red lights, and traffic jams are spiritual friends on the path to “mindfulness”—the process of keeping our consciousness alive to our present experience and reality. The most profound satisfactions, the deepest feelings of joy and completeness lie as close at hand as our next aware breath and the smile we can form right now.
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15 Dalai Lama Quotes That Will Make You Think Deeply About Happiness, Suffering, and the Purpose of Life.
The Dalai Lama has been a source of inspiration for millions of people and has had a huge impact across the globe. His message is simple: Live a compassionate life and act with kindness towards ALL living beings – happiness will follow. And happiness, in his opinion, is the purpose of life.
But wouldn’t the pursuit of happiness for one’s self be a selfish way to live?
Not according to the Dalai Lama. Continue reading
“Our ultimate aim in seeking more wealth is a sense of satisfaction, of happiness. But the very basis of seeking more is a feeling of not having enough, a feeling of discontentment. That feeling of discontentment, of wanting more and more and more, doesn’t arise from the inherent desirability of the objects we are seeking but rather from our own mental state.” ~ Dalai Lama, The Art of Happiness
Be happy but never satisfied.
This is an expression that I have heard countless times that, while may be a powerful motivator for constant and never-ending improvement, may also can be misleading and dangerous for our mental framework.
If I’m not satisfied then how can my happiness be complete?
To try and be happy but not satisfied is the same as trying to be content or pleased but not happy – they are part of the same whole.
One of our uniting goals as people on this earth is that we all want to find/ obtain fulfillment – in some way, shape, or form.
While that may be different for everyone, to adopt the mindset of never being satisfied is electing to never be fulfilled.
This expression, in my eyes, leads to never-ending desire for more (stuff) and a never-ending feeling of un-fulfillment. Continue reading
“Sad is the day for any man when he becomes absolutely satisfied with the life he is living, the thoughts that he is thinking and the deeds that he is doing; when there ceases to be forever beating at the doors of his soul a desire to do something larger which he seeks and knows he was meant and intended to do.” ~ Philips Brooks
“As long as you think more is better, you’ll never be satisfied.” ~ Richard Carlson, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
“While complying can be an effective strategy for physical survival, it’s a lousy one for personal fulfillment. Living a satisfying life requires more than simply meeting the demands of those in control.” ~ Daniel Pink
“Never be satisfied with what you achieve, because it all pales in comparison with what you are capable of doing in the future.” ~ R. Kaplan