Sunday, February 7, 2010

What's Not Wrong?

We often ask, "What's wrong?"  Doing so, we invite painful seeds of sorrow to come up and manifest.  We feel suffering, anger, and depression, and produce more such seeds.  We would be much happier if we tried to stay in touch with the healthy, joyful seeds inside of us and around us.  We should learn to ask, "What's not wrong?" and be in touch with that.

Awareness of the precious elements of happiness is itself the practice of right mindfulness.  Elements like these are within us and all around us.  In each second of our lives we can enjoy them.  If we do so, seeds of peace, joy, and happiness will be planted in us, and they will become strong.  The secret to happiness is happiness itself.  Wherever we are, any time, we have the capacity to enjoy the sunshine, the presence of each other, and the wonder of our breathing.  We don't have to travel anywhere else to do so.  We can be in touch with these things right now.
Wisdom from PEACE IS EVERY STEP - Thich Nhat Hanh

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