(((All that we are is the result of what we have thought. It is founded on our thoughts. It is made up of our thoughts. If one speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows one, as the wheel follows the foot of the ox that draws the wagon.
All that we are is the result of what we have thought. It is founded on our thoughts. It is made up of our thoughts. If one speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows one, like a shadow that never leaves.
(Dhammapada 1-2 / Müller & Maguire, 2002.)
BUDDHISM & HAPPINESS
The first and second verses (above) of the Dhammapada, the earliest known collection of Buddha’s sayings, talk about suffering and happiness. So it’s not surprising to discover that Buddhism has a lot to offer on the topic of happiness. Buddha’s contemporaries described him as “ever-smiling” and portrayals of Buddha almost always depict him with a smile on his face. But rather than the smile of a self-satisfied, materially-rich or celebrated man, Buddha’s smile comes from a deep equanimity from within.)))
The above excerpt is from the following website – http://www.pursuit-of-happiness.org/history-of-happiness/buddha/
My thought on this –
My tiny consciousness is reflected in my artwork, Happiness can be identified as we evaluate via being aware and being in a meditative state of conscious living on a daily basis. We have choices. And we are capable of enduring suffering yet we can eliminate suffering my constantly keeping ourselves in check by way of evaluating our thoughts.
If you find yourself in a crappy(not so happy) spot, GO WITHIN and take an inventory of your life and assess what is not working within, that is reflecting in our lives.
Just a thought…
Have a peaceful WEEKEND!!!