We are constantly encouraged to reject what is unpleasant, disappointing or difficult. ‘What’s all this suffering? Let’s be happy! Have fun!’ But our suffering is not our enemy. It is only through a relationship with my pain, my sadness, that I can truly know and touch the opposite—my pleasure, my joy, and my happiness.
The purpose of our lives is to be happy.
Realize you can be happy this moment for no reason. Otherwise, you eternally depend on conditions for happiness. Unconscious of this moment, you remain a victim of circumstances.
Analyze yourself; make yourself what you should be and what you want to be. People seldom learn true self-control, they do things that are detrimental to their highest welfare and think they are making themselves happy, but they are not. To be able to do things when and because you ought to do them, and to refrain from doing what you know is injurious, these are the keys to real success and happiness.
Turning the mind inward is done by practice and dispassion and that succeeds only gradually. The mind, having been so long a cow accustomed to graze stealthily on others estates, is not easily confined to her stall. However much her keeper tempts her with luscious grass and fine fodder, she refuses the first time; then she takes a bit; but her innate tendency to stray away asserts itself; and she slips away; on being repeatedly tempted by the owner, she accustoms herself to the stall; finally even if let loose she would not stray away. Similarly with the mind. If once it finds its inner happiness it will not wander outward.
If you want to be sad, no one in the world can make you happy. But if you make up your mind to be happy, no one and nothing on earth can take that happiness from you.
Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.
Many people think excitement is happiness…. But when you are excited you are not peaceful. True happiness is based on peace.
Where your pleasure is, there is your treasure: where your treasure, there your heart; where your heart, there your happiness.