I was reading recently that so much of our suffering lies in the fact that we seek happiness in experience. In fact, in essence, our truest happiness resides in our ability to let go of that which is unnecessary. This is what the spiritual path teaches us, and a practice such as yoga or meditation is simply an embodiment of this letting go. When we are no longer attached to our desires for things, people, status, then we can become happy. Our horizons grow and we feel we can be held by everything that arises and passes. Here is a quote from the book ‘Loving Kindness’ by Sharon Salzberg that brings home the same message:

“When the source of satisfaction or happiness is seen as limited, we fix upon it. Such attachment restricts us not only by narrowly defining what we want, but also by narrowly defining what is possible for us.”

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“(Levina’s) philosophy (outlined in Le temps et l’autre – Time and the Other) is a framework that you have to fill in with your own experience and observations. Levinas never stops seeking ways to reach the Other, he wants to free us from the restraints of selfishness, from indifference, keep us from the temptation to be separate, to isolate ourselves and be withdrawn. He shows us a new dimension of the Self, namely that it is not just a solitary individual, but that the composition of that Self also includes the Other, and like this a new kind of person or being is created.”