It is our self-grasping, resulting in overvaluing things, ideas, and especially feelings, that leads to discontentment. Forego these things, and a great consistent happiness is possible.
So says the Buddhist meditation master.
In the midst of some unavoidable tests of my patience over the past two weeks, I finally started reading a book loaned to me by my colleague Kathryn at the Center for Mindful Change.
It is called “How to Solve Our Human Problems: The Four Noble Truths” by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso and I am really enjoying it. It is written very much like the books written by Hindu gurus in India that my wife Jen brought home more than two years ago.
Here is one passage I really liked:
“Just as there is room in the sky for a thunderstorm, there is room in the vast space of our mind for a few painful feelings. Just as a storm has no power to destroy the sky, unpleasant feelings have no power to destroy our mind, when painful feelings arise in our mind, there is no need to panic — we can patiently accept them, experience them, and investigate their nature and where they come from. When we do this, we will discover that painful feelings do not come from outside but arise from within our mind.” (pp. 42-43)
Today I resolve to take myself less seriously, because what is the point?