Happiness in the Here and Now.

One of the topics discussed in Thich Nhat Hanh’s book Peace is Every Breath is “Contemplating Aimlessness”.  He says,

Contemplating aimlessness helps us stop feeling compelled to go around seeking after this and that, exhausting ourselves mentally and physically.

Aimlessness means not chasing after anything, not setting any more objects in front of ourselves to run after.

Happiness is available right in this present moment.  We already are what we want to become.

It’s like a wave who goes looking to get in touch with the vastness of water.  When she realizes water already is her own true nature, her very substance, she no longer needs to go looking elsewhere for it.

Everywhere you turn, life is full of wonders.  The Kingdom of God, the Pure Land of the Buddha, is already right here, within and all around us; and the same is true of happiness.

Contemplating aimlessness helps us be able to stop our rushing around and experience a sense of contentment and joy.

I’m lingering on these words as they bring me peace:  Happiness is available right in this present moment. We already are what we want to become.