Held by everything that arises and passes

February 19, 2011

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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