If you are happy and you know it, clap your hands

 

Just typed in www.dictionary.com for the meaning for happy — a five-letter word around which our lives revolve, quite literally.

 

happy

 

1.   delighted, pleased, or glad, as over a particular thing: to be happy to see a person.
2.  characterized by or indicative of pleasure, contentment, or joy: a happy mood; a happy frame of mind.
3.   favored by fortune; fortunate or lucky: a happy, fruitful land.
4.   apt or felicitous, as actions, utterances, or ideas.
5.   obsessed by or quick to use the item indicated (usually used in combination): a trigger-happy gangster. Everybody is gadget-happy these days.
 
  
  Origin:   1300–50; ME;
 
o·ver·hap·py, adjective
quasi-happy, adjective

1. joyous, joyful, blithe, cheerful, merry.
2.  contented, gay, blissful, satisfied.
3.  favorable, propitious; successful, prosperous. See fortunate.
 4.  appropriate, fitting, opportune, pertinent.

1.  sad.
 
 
Happiness is a very desirable state and we all try to shape our actions towards it in one way or the other. But then is being happy all that easy? We chase money, health, growth, fame, power and relationships as these we feel with give a satisfaction, leading towards our pursuit of happiness. Yet the people who finish this chase often acknowledge that neither of it made them truly happy. So what is it about happiness that is most lost/ignored in our process?
 
Here is the Buddha’s recipe for happiness:
 
If with a pure mind
You speak or act,
Then happiness follows you
As a shadow that never departs.
 
By saying this, Buddha brings forth another important notion: Happiness is but a state of mind. Our expectations on the path of this pursuit entangle us. They force us to grope for more than what we truly desire as we  look out for the future rather than live the moment we exist in. And obviously pain does not mean suffering. This is the secret of happiness if the Vietnamese buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh is to be believed.
 
 Below are excepts from Oprah’s interview with the monk (http://steveholtonline.org/2010/03/16/205/): 
 

 

  • Oprah:What is happiness? 
  • Nhat Hanh: Happiness is the cessation of suffering.  Well-being.  For instance, when I practice this exercise of breathing in, I’m aware of my eyes; breathing out, I smile to my eyes and realize that are still in good condition…so when I become aware of my eyes, I touch one of the conditions of happiness.  And when I touch it, happiness comes.

     

  • Oprah: Tell me how we do it. 
  • Nhat Hanh:  Suppose you are drinking a cup of tea.  When you hold your cup, you may like to breath in, to bring your mind back to your body, and you become fully present.  And when you are truly there, something else is also there—life, represented by the cup of tea. In that moment you are real, and the cup of tea is real…That is the moment of happiness, and of peace…

     

  • Oprah: I never had that much thought about a cup of tea (my favorite line)
  • Nhat Hanh:  We have the practice of tea meditation.  We sit down, enjoy a cup of tea and our brotherhood, sisterhood.  It takes one hour to just enjoy a cup of tea. 

    Oprah (another great line):  A cup of tea like this? [holds up a cup of tea]…One hour!

     
     
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    2 Comments (+add yours?)

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      Jul 25, 2010 @ 11:53:39

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