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On Happiness / Anthony de Mello


Recently a friend sent me the link to talks from a guy called Anthony de Mello. Here is an extract from Anthony de Mello's book 'The way to love' on happiness:

  • There is not a single moment in your life when you do not have everything that you need to be happy.
  • The reason why you are unhappy is because you are focusing on what you do not have rather than on what you have right now.
  • It is these very desires and attachments that make you tense, frustrated, nervous, insecure and fearful.
  • Has it ever struck you that you have been programmed to be unhappy? Society / Culture taught you to believe that you would not be happy without certain persons and things.
  • Every time you feel bored, isnt't it because you are not getting a sufficient supply of what you believe will make you happy.
  • Depression / Misery: Life is not giving you what you have convinced yourself you cannot be happy without.
  • Almost every negative emotion you experience is the direct outcome of an attachment.
  • In order to be genuinely happy there is only one thing you need to do: get deprogrammed, get rid of attachments.
  • Observe and discover that you do not need attachments. Discover that you were programmed, brainwashed into thinking that you could not be happy without.
  • If you learn to enjoy the scent of a thounsand flowers you will not cling to one or suffer when you cannot get it.

Learn to let go. That is the key to happiness (Buddha).

Addition 2013/07/31 - Seth Quote:
"I have a few remarks to make and they are not new, and they are not profound, they are very simple. But your happiness is not dependent upon events, it is not dependent upon youth, it is not dependent upon what seems to happen to you. Now happiness can be experienced in a very simple manner and it is so simple that often it escapes you because you try so hard.

Now happiness comes from feeling within yourself the wonder and the joy that is within yourself and there is no other way in any world of experiencing happiness. You cannot expect a lover to give it to you, you cannot expect a child to give it to you, you cannot expect events to give it to you. It is yours by right if you claim it. And if you do not claim it, or if you turn your back upon it, then it seems to you that you must look for it in others or that others are always happier than you are."

Video: Seth On Happiness



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