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The Simple Things
Happiness is interpretive, but collectively people describe it as a sense of peace and acceptance of themselves, the world around them and the satisfaction in their humble existence.
True happiness as it seems comes from the ability to manage and understand our thoughts, feelings and emotions, make decisions and remain equanimous in moments of unease and unrest. This brings satisfaction and joy as we know the simple pleasures in their fullness and with gratitude.
What makes unhappy is the thought that who we are and what we have isn’t enough, that life didn’t measure up and everything feels like a disappointment. Failure, resentment, blame, and loathing erupts in mind and spill out to create dysfunction, corrosion and disease in our life.
We tend to extricate ourselves from our misfortunes by blaming and shaming the outside world. The pointing of fingers and blaming isolates us and separates us from our community and life as we describe the world as ‘them’ and ‘me’.
Your experience of reality is subject to the clarity of mind.
The objective reality is the reality that is concrete, unchanging and exists as it is; without comparison, meaning or description – a river is a river, a mountain and exists whether you name it or not.
When you experience the objective reality, the mountain as it is – without the overlapping of opinions, memories or your comparable experiences, it just is a mountain, and you are only the witness. There is no ‘I’ and’ It’ because the identity, which is your internal dialogue, has gone silent.
The turbulence in your day to day life is merely a construct of your mind and without thoughts, the truth that is – stillness, serenity, bliss and equanimity is realised. Life is energetic and intelligent; it knows no time, no comparison, past or future, it just is as you are, existence and awareness.
If you and the mountain exist without thought, then the mind and reality are two separate things; Therefore, happiness begins where ideas and thoughts end.
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The Objectivity Illusion | Lee Ross | TEDxSonomaCounty
Emily Rack is a yoga teacher, meditation instructor, freelance writer and visual content creator. She incorporates a unique creative flair into her yoga and meditation classes, courses and workshops. Emily hosts events and classes in schools and the wider community & is passionate about teaching the art of mindfulness.