Ten steps to happiness (Part 2)

18 March 2011 - 4:28am Comments Off

Whenever we see something beautiful, appreciate it and move on.


The Buddha said that nothing is permanent. All things, good and bad, beautiful or ugly, are appearances to our mind and have no true existence. When we understand their true nature, there will be no basis for us to devote all our time and energy to get them or to get rid of them.

We should enjoy things in this world the way we enjoy a sunset or a rainbow; that is, we do not chase after them. Thus being unattached, we will enjoy the freedom to experience more, and to appreciate more. Moving on does not reduce our happiness. Long after the encounter with something pleasurable is gone, the experience of it will glow in our memory for a long time. Being unattached, we are ready for new and fresh experiences and discoveries.

Whenever we feel cosy, remember it and move on.


When we reach a comfort zone in our lives, we should not rest in it. To do so would be limiting our capacity to learn more and to benefit more. Moving on means progressing in our spiritual journey by building upon our previous experiences.

Whenever we get absorbed, remember nothing lasts.


Getting absorbed means thinking about ourselves all the time. Such a self-cherishing mind leaves no space for others. It is a mind that centres around ‘I’, ‘ME’, ‘MINE’ all the time. It is the root cause of all our problems and difficulties in relationships, work, social interaction and family. In pursuing the objects of our wants and desires, we disregard the welfare and happiness of others. In the process, so much energy is focused into getting what we want; so many bad thoughts are directed at those who are in our way and so much pain / frustration is caused to ourselves in trying to keep those things.

Material growth means spiritual decline. Life becomes a struggle, filled with anxieties and negative energies. In the end, it is all futile. When we die, we will lose everything. We will regret we did not use some of our energy to train in methods which will help us at the time of our death and in our future lives.

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