One day I decided ‘I have suffered enough in this life and now I want to be happy’. Sounds good, right? Ironically, while happiness is linked with simplicity, our lives are so complex that the act of simplifying is like unravelling a giant, knotted ball of wool – you think you have found then end, only to discover another knot, another twist, another snag.
Choosing happiness comes day by day, moment by moment. It’s about recognising the turmoil in your mind and applying the appropriate antidote using a variety of skilful means that are accessible to all of us. How much of our lives do we waste in discomfort, struggle and dis-ease, in self-perpetuated misery? We have a choice. The key is in the recognition. This blog represents my experiments with happiness, based largely on the teachings of the Buddha, who lived some 2500 years ago and the great masters that have followed in his footsteps, including my very own teachers still living today (most notably His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Sogyal Rinpoche author of the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying).
It is my only wish that through sharing with you my stories, insights and experiences that I can share a little of the magic essence of of sacred wisdom that has been handed from teacher to student in an unbroken lineage from the time of the Buddha himself. I hope that this might inspire you to explore these teachings further for yourself. May you be happy. May you be well. May you soar free in the sky-like nature of your own mind and recognise who you really are.
[updated 5 July 2016]
When I first began this blog I titled it ‘experiments with happiness’. After 2 years of living and learning I have returned with a fresh perspective. My journey to happiness (inspired by the words of my teachers and the symbolic teacher that is life) has taught me there is a difference between what we sometimes label ‘happiness’ and what true happiness really is. One relies on external circumstances and is largely beyond our ability to control, whereas the other is cultivated within. The latter is an attitude and approach to life stemming deeply from a most fundamental and healthful way of being. This form of happiness could be called ‘contentment’ and does not rely on outer circumstances so much as a personal inner transformation. This transformation is a continual process of making informed choices about how we live, what we identify with and deep acceptance and, even, enjoyment of everything that life’s tides and waves bring to shore.
It is my heart’s wish that these words I share bring only benefit to those who read them. However, as I am a human being, like everyone, I am, of course, prone to confusion, errors and misinterpretations so please take only what resounds with your own inner wisdom and leave the rest.