Friday, December 16, 2011

On happiness: question reality, perception is everything

Knowing life is short, enjoy it - day after day, moment after moment.
     - Suzuki Roshi

Let everything happen to you
Beauty and terror
Just keep going
No feeling is final
     - Rainer Maria Rilke

Cultivate a good heart.
     - Pema Chodron

These are among my key points of study and contemplation lately. What use is irritability, fear and thoughtless reaction? Nothing but misguided protection mechanisms. Protection from...a slow or "idiot" driver? Someone with a sour disposition? People with shall we say, challenging (or plain fucked up) communication styles? A series of unavoidable bills? These are the kind of things I've found myseslf reacting to with rage and frustration.

Most of us are reacting to these types of situations the same way, and for some, extremely frustrated, or even violent reactions to situations and circumstances with even less charge and intensity seem to be more and more commonplace. Understanding how this exaggerated, dramatized, reactionary modus operandi is at the root of both personal suffering and interpersonal, even global strife, compels me to want something different.