“If you think or act with a calm and bright heart-mind, then happiness follows you always, like a shadow.” – The Buddha
“[Buddha] outlined five kinds of happiness, which we can achieve by discovering the causes and factors conducive to it and adopting them, while relinquishing those that are detrimental to satisfaction and well-being. These five kinds of happiness are that of sense pleasure; that derived from giving and sharing, from recoprosity; that of the bliss and inner peace arising from intensely concentrated states of meditative awareness (samadhi) combined with mental purity; that of fulfillment stemming from insightful wisdom and profound understanding; and that of nirvanic happiness, everlasting bliss, and deathless beatitude and oneness.”
– The Buddha’s Way of Happiness: Healing Sorrow, Transforming Negative Emotion, and Finding Well-Being in the Present Moment
“When our minds are still and quiet, one of the first things we discover is that our natural state is one of inner peace. This contented state of mind is always present whenever we are not interfering with it, not using our thinking as a weapon against ourselves. And when we experience this peaceful state of mind, it allows us to be happy, despite our imperfect circumstances and the chaotic world. What’s more, when we learn to be happy and we have what we need emotionally, we are better equipped to make a positive difference in the world.”
– You Can Be Happy No Matter What
“Your first and most reliable guide to happiness is your body. The body is designed to support the mind, and working together they create the state known as happiness. When you’re deciding whether or not to act, ask your body, “How do you feel about this?” If your body sends back a signal of physical or emotional distress, reconsider the action. If your body sends a signal of comfort and eagerness, proceed. Together, mind and body form a single field. It is artificial to separate them as we usually do.”
– The Ultimate Happiness Prescription: 7 Keys to Joy and Enlightenment
”It is not your role to make others happy; it is your role to keep yourselfin balance. When you pay attention to how you feel and practice self-empowering thoughts that align with who-you-really-are, you will offer an example of thriving that will be of tremendous value to those who have the benefit of observing you. You cannot get poor enough to help poor people thrive or sick enough to help sick people get well. You only ever uplift from your position of strength and clarity and alignment.”
Some excerpts that help explain reality…
Our whole life is a fooling around. You can do it because you are not aware of how you waste time, how you waste energy; how, finally, life is wasted – you are not aware. It is going down the drain. Everything is going down the drain. Only when death comes to you, you may become aware, alert: what have I been doing? What have I done with life? A great opportunity has been lost. What was I doing fooling around? You were not sober. You never reflected on what you were doing.
Life is not just to pass, it is to reach somewhere deep within you. Life is not on the surface; it is not the circumference, it is the center. And you have not reached to the center yet. Sober up! Enough time is already wasted. Be alert and see what you are doing. And what are you doing? Searching for money? It is finally, ultimately useless. It is again a game, the money game. You have more than others, you feel good; Others have more than you feel bad. It is a game. But what is the meaning of it? What do you gain from it? Even if you have all the money this world contains, at the moment of death, you will die as a beggar. So the whole wealth of the world cannot make you rich. Games cannot make you rich. Sober up!
– Mindfulness in the Modern World: How Do I Make Meditation Part of Everyday Life? (Osho Life Essentials)
In the creation of everything that exists, thought always comes first. Everything that you see around you was once a thought or an idea – a vibrational concept that matured into what you call physical reality.
Your planet was conceived from the non-physical realm long before that which you call human walked upon it, and as that non-physical focus, from what humans call source, was cast upon the idea of it, your wonderous Leading Edge time-space reality was created…First, there is thought, and as more thought is offered to any subject, the thought begins to take form until there is manifestation of that which humans call “reality.” So not unlike the creation of the planet itself, as you stand in your physical bodies – as manifested extensions of that which you call source – you continue the creation of your planet, and life upon it, through your thought.
– The Astonishing Power of Emotions: Let Your Feelings Be Your Guide
Now I know this is radical stuff but it’s true nevertheless. And this brings us to the startling conclusion that you and I can lead happy lives regardless of our circumstances, regardless of what we have or don’t have. Because when we drop our interpretation of events, we find ourselves living here and now in this present moment. And that’s about it. With no stories , no comparisons, no expectations, life just is and we are just here. And what could possibly be wrong with that? And so we find, to our great and eternal delight, that at this very moment, when we drop our stories and beliefs and stand quietly in the now, we’re quite happy! We find that at this very moment everything is ok. And that strangely enough, happiness is what we are. Happiness is our nature, our natural state.
– The Awakening Human Being
So the question is, Is there a monistic alternative to material realism, where mind and matter are integrally part of one reality, but a reality that is not based on matter? I am convinced there is. The alternative that I propose in this book is monistic idealism. This philosophy is monistic as opposed to dualistic, and it is idealism because ideas (not to be confused with ideals) and the consciousness of them are considered to be the basic elements of reality; matter is considered to be secondary. In other words, instead of positing that everything (including consciousness) is made of matter, this philosophy posits that everything (including matter) exists in and is manipulated from consciousness. Note that the philosophy does not say that matter is unreal but that the reality of matter is secondary to that of consciousness, which itself is the ground of all being – including matter.
–The Self-Aware Universe
So what is present moment awareness? It is a state of Being in which we effortlessly integrate the authentic and Divine Presence that we are with each God-given moment we are in so that we are able to respond consciously to every experience we are having. By accomplishing this, our response is always the same: gratitude – a flow of gratitude that washes us of all our illusions. Entering such a state may sound hard and complicated when we are living in time. It is, however, effortless and completely natural because present moment awareness is our birthright. It is the kingdom of awareness through whose gates the prodigal children return. The hard part has been attempting to find what we did not know we had lost. The best part is realizing that we have been looking for something that has already found us.
– The Presence Process – A Journey Into Present Moment Awareness
Projection sends component energies of the Self, the central part of each of us, out into the world. When these energies remain unconscious to the person projecting them, the result is a loss of psychic energy and freedom. When the energies are made conscious (with ego and Self being brought into balance through the ego’s willingness to serve as a vehicle for the Self), the result is a free individual who radiates light and love into the world. In contrast, when two individuals are involved Ina deeply repressed projection, both experience a curtailment of the freedom of their individual egos and subsequent energy loss. You can be sure that you are involved in a deep-seated unconscious projection with any person whose mere physical presence exhausts you for no apparent reason. Most often this “exhaustion relationship” can be found with a member of your immediate family, usually one of your parents. Experiment the next time you encounter such an individual. Don’t expect the old responses and behavior. Let the person be new, and send love out of your heart consciously. Love is the greatest freeing energy we have. You may be surprised at the results for you both.
– The Inner Guide Meditation: A Spiritual Technology for the 21st Century
The world we see merely reflects our own internal frame of reference-the dominant ideas, wishes and emotions in our minds. “Projection makes perception.” We look inside first, decide the kind of world we want to see and then project that world outside, making it the truth as we see it. We make it true by our interpretations of what it is that we are seeing. If we are using perception to justify our own mistakes-our anger, our impulses to attack, our lack of love in whatever form it may take-we will see a world of evil, destruction, malice, envy and dispair. All this we must learn to forgive, not because we are being “good” and “charitable”, but because what we are seeing is not true. We have distorted the world by our twisted defenses, and are therefore seeing what is not there. As we learn to recognize our perceptual errors, we also learn to look past them or “forgive.” At the same time we are forgiving ourselves, looking past our distorted self-concepts to the Self That God created in us and as us.
– A Course in Miracles