By Ezra Bayda
Many books were released lately on happiness. Ezra Bayda, a remarkably down-to-earth Zen instructor, believes that the happiness "boom" has been mostly a bust for readers. Why? simply because it really is exactly the pursuit of happiness that retains us trapped in cycles of dissatisfaction and affliction.
In past Happiness, Bayda attracts on Zen teachings to query our traditional notions approximately what happiness is and the place we will locate it. so much folks search happiness in issues which are exterior to us. We think that obtaining extra money, a greater dating, or happening a pleasant holiday will eventually make us chuffed. yet Bayda exhibits us that the private and longest enduring kind of happiness doesn't depend on exterior situation in any respect. Bayda deals Zen insights and practices that time readers towards the real assets of lasting happiness: mindfulness, compassion, gratitude, and generosity.
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Yet I no longer believe these words, nor do I experience that ongoing anxious quiver in my being. In fact, even when I experienced a very long period of physical illness, punctuated by weeks on end of nausea and severe discomfort, I learned that it was possible to experience true contentment in the midst of it. Yet, interestingly, in spiritual practice, happiness is not the goal. When we make happiness the goal, it normally eludes us, as it did with the people trying to feel happy while listening to music.
Our judgments of others are bad enough, but judgments about ourselves often do even more harm. In fact, one of the biggest obstacles to happiness is our relentless self-judgment, particularly the negative belief that we are essentially flawed or lacking in some way. We all live in the prison of our self-images of how we should be, and we constantly judge ourselves as not measuring up to these images we have of ourselves. As a consequence, we berate ourselves mercilessly. Our negative self-judgments have many flavors—feeling unworthy, stupid, incompetent, unappealing, or, more generically, that we’re simply not enough.