Cultivating happiness

My practice and teaching are currently inspired by a wonderful article on five ways to nurture happiness by Thich Nhat Hanh from inspirational Buddhist website ww.lionsroar.com read the full piece here

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Here are the five ways with some of my favourite quotes…
1. Letting go
” The first method of creating joy and happiness is to cast off, to leave behind. There is a kind of joy that come from letting go. Many of us are bound to so many things…Letting go takes a lot of courage sometimes. But once you let go, happiness comes very quickly. You won’t have to go around searching for it.”

2. Inviting positive seeds
“We each have many kinds of “seeds” lying deep in our consciousness. Those we water are the ones that sprout…If we pay attention only to the negative things in us, we are not getting any positive nourishment. We can water the wholesome qualities in us by touching the positive things that are always available inside and around us.”

3. Mindfulness-based joy
“Mindfulness helps us not only get in touch with suffering, so that we can embrace and transform it, but also to touch the wonders of life, including our own body. When we practice mindful breathing or mindful walking, we bring our mind home to our body and we are established in the here and the now.”

4. Concentration
“To stay in the present moment takes concentration. Worries and anxiety about the future are always there, ready to take us away. We can see them, acknowledge them, and use our concentration to return to the present moment.’

5. Insight
“Insight is seeing what is there. It is the clarity that can liberate us from afflictions such as jealously and anger, and allow true happiness to come. We consciously call up our experience of the past to help us treasure the good things we are having right now.”

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