HOW TO BE ORDINARY: A SHORT GUIDE TO HAPPINESS
Happiness lives in the present moment. Here’s my TEDx talk from 2014 exploring the fascinating relationship between paying attention and being happy. I hope you find it useful!
Death is always with us as the passing of each thought, each breath, each sensation, each moment. By fully comprehending that nothing and no-one is guaranteed we live our lives in the context of impermanence. We can then view ourselves and others as miraculous, precious, valuable and infinitely useful.
Although the mind can settle into stillness through the practice of Mindfulness, that is not the goal. The goal is to transform our relationship to the mind, so we no longer feel dominated or limited by it.
If it’s true that we cannot completely control life, then what can we do? We can move with each moment and respond to it occurs. This may seem ambitious until we realise that this is all we’ve ever done.
Our own body is our real teacher, guru and path. It is not a thing, it is a flow. With mindfulness we can begin to shift from the head, back down into the richness of the body and the river of intelligent aliveness we find there.
When we search for the separate self, we cannot locate it. In this short talk taken from my weekly Mindfulness group, I respond to a question about self-inquiry as a direct way to apprehend our own effortless freedom. I hope you find it useful.
Sit with me as we shift through the three gears of present moment awareness, embodiment and self-inquiry. This meditation is taken from my weekly Thursday evening Mindfulness zoom group.
It’s important to remember that no secret technique or practice is required to experience this moment which is already perfectly free. Our practice then is not to achieve a future happiness, but to taste it here and now as what we essentially are.