By Ezra Bayda
Many books were released lately on happiness. Ezra Bayda, a remarkably down-to-earth Zen instructor, believes that the happiness "boom" has been mostly a bust for readers. Why? simply because it really is exactly the pursuit of happiness that retains us trapped in cycles of dissatisfaction and suffering.
In past Happiness, Bayda attracts on Zen teachings to question our traditional notions approximately what happiness is and the place we will be able to locate it. so much people search happiness in issues which are exterior to us. We think that obtaining more cash, a greater dating, or occurring a pleasant holiday will ultimately make us satisfied. yet Bayda indicates us that the inner most and longest lasting kind of happiness doesn't depend upon exterior condition in any respect. Bayda bargains Zen insights and practices that time readers towards the genuine resources of lasting happiness: mindfulness, compassion, gratitude, and generosity.
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The answer lies in the basic human condition: that is, we are born with the innate craving for safety, security, and control—this is an integral part of our survival mechanism. We are also born with an aversion to discomfort and a natural desire for comfort and pleasure. Given these basic human predispositions, it makes sense that our learned strategies of behavior are geared to ensure that our cravings and desires are met. On the surface, there’s nothing wrong with trying to be safe or comfortable.
It’s very seductive to look into our past and find people and events to blame for our plight. But our memories about the past are fragmented and often inaccurate. Though we may like the feeling of control that comes with analyzing the past, this is nonetheless counterproductive in that it solidifies our personal story, rather than freeing us of it. Can we refrain from our fascination with explaining why we are the way we are and instead just focus on what we’re believing in the present? No, often we cannot—because we see these beliefs as the truth, and consequently, they continue to solidify and feed our emotions.
An athlete might have a totally different self-image, often based on appearance or physical performance. Even spiritual practitioners can have a particular identity that they cherish. No matter what the self-image, the constant effort that’s required to fulfill and maintain it not only drains our energy but is also the source of much of our anxiety—anxiety over the failure to live up to our ideals of how we think we’re supposed to be. Without our selfimage we feel exposed, both to ourselves and to others; we feel that if the truth about us were really known we would be seen as worthless or as not enough in some way.