Suffering is omnipresent. When we speak about omnipresence, it means not that all people are continuously in a state of suffering, but that they are vulnerable to the latent suffering that can arise at any moment. They will remain vulnerable so long as they fail to dispel the mental toxins that cause unhappiness.
– Matthieu Ricard
Bliss is a happiness that arises from the state of peace and openness.
Where there is no attachment and aversion.
Where the self is dissolved and expansive.
When the present moment is vivid and alive.
Happiness is to be found in controlling the mind, not circumstances.
There are two sources of unhappiness in life.
One is not getting what you want; the other is getting it.
– George Bernard Shaw
We are held accountable only for what we have chosen, and not what others expect of us.
The feeling of being hurried is not usually the result of living a full life and having no time. It is, on the contrary, born of a vague fear that we are wasting our life. When we do not do the one thing we ought to do, we have no time for anything else – we are the busiest people in the world.
-Eric Hoffer, as quoted by Bob Buford
If the problem can be solved, there’s no need to worry.
If the problem cannot be solved, then there’s no point worrying.
Thus what we really worry about is not the problem, but the expectation of our desire.
Self-consciousness is the seed which springs forth the tree of conditioned-self.
From this tree of conditioned-self are the fruits of ego conceptualised and conceived.
And contained within these fruits of ego are the further seeds of karma.
The eye watches the nose; the nose watches the mind.
The breath tames the mind; the mind tames the body.
Suffering is unpleasant sensation which can be caused by physical pain and discomfort.
Suffering can also be caused by mental dissatisfaction, loss and disgust.
Physical suffering is inevitable.
But mental suffering is driven by craving and fear, which are themselves fuelled by ignorance and karma.
Ignorance can be dispelled by awakening our inherent wisdom.
And with wisdom, right thoughts and right actions can be performed, thus transforming karma.
When karma is transformed, our consciousness is liberated.
We are able to think and act with spontaneous ease and clarity.
We are enlightened.