posted on May, 22 2009 @ 03:24 AM
Originally posted by IamNow
reply to post by Mr Green
I just stopped smoking and cut down on drinking too. Not really something I thought about either I was always one of the "It's my health
and I like it" kind of people.
Thats what I was trying to get across from what the Dalai Lama says about such things that we especially in the West have become addicted to. Be it
alcohol, smoking, staying out late, working long hours because we want rather than need the extra money...all things which we often find difficult to
give up even though deep down we know they provide little happiness in the end. As you say we think well its my health I enjoy these things (drink,
smoking , extra money) and I deserve them so Im not giving them up for anyone.
The Dalai Lama says we should just simply ask ourselves this "Will it bring me happiness?" Then when the answer truthfully can be seen as no, do we
look upon these things as not things we will not give up but things that actually we see bring little happiness and they loose their addictive
quality. This question brings clarity to life issues that we choose that often provide little enlightenment for us. We are able to make a conscious
decision that will eventually bring us happiness and ultimatly closer to enlightenment more bearable.
There are lots of things we "like" to do but deep down they do not bring happiness and by openly asking this question and facing them I think helps
enlightenment, so yes happiness is linked to enligtenment. A happy person, a truely happy person I believe will be closer to enlightenment.
Before I was bored with life, always searching for that future goal, perfect job, good money, nice house, nice car…
We are none of these things as you have found. These are what the ego seeks to fill its hole, it constantly needs us to search so we are taken further
and further from our now. As long as we are always searching for a better house, car, job the ego has won. Its made us become asleep to what is really
important in our lives, we have all we need now.
Not too long ago I used to judge these people and write them off as either “No good for me” or “No good for my friends” now judgment
mind patterns are fading more and more each day, they still creep in at times but I avoid conflict by becoming a 3rd person looking in on situation.
Eckhart Toll referred to this as playing the silent watcher.
Yes the silent watcher. Able to see things as an observer rather than become involved in the pain and drama of it all. This takes practise and Im
guilty of slipping out of this, especially if Im tired or my patience is thin. Then within minutes I see what I allowed to happen and Im annoyed with
Am I enlightened? Who knows?
well your an example to all .
[edit on 22-5-2009 by Mr Green]