While it is probably not possible to be happy every second of every day it is certainly possible to be happy most of the time and this has nothing to do with your bank balance, how pretty your face is, the car you drive or the house you live in.

Bleh. Time to leave to get breakfast and go to work.

Alone. Yes, that’s the key word, the most awful word in the English tongue. Murder doesn’t hold a candle to it and hell is only a poor synonym.
― Stephen King (via 13neighbors)


Christianity, Judaism and Islam, the three “Abrahamic” religions are not as different as people suppose. Actually, of the two Islam and Judaism are far closer than either is to Christianity. Christianity, with its “Man God”, veneration of saints (at least in Catholic and Orthodox traditions),…

Waking up this morning, I smile.
Twenty four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.
― Thich Nhat Hanh (via crownedcollisions)

Human beings have a drive for security and safety, which is often what fuels the spiritual search. This very drive for security and safety is what causes so much misery and confusion. Freedom is a state of complete and absolute insecurity and not knowing. There is no security in freedom, at least not in the sense that we normally think of security. This is, of course, why it is so free: there’s nothing there to grab hold of.

When you rest deeply in the Unknown without trying to escape, your experience becomes very vast. The Unknown is more vast, more open, more peaceful, and more freeing than you ever imagined it would be.

― Adyashanti (via oceanandwave)
We want to appear more truthful and knowledgeable, so we look for things to study or unusual experiences that will bring us prestige. We adorn ourselves with titles and awards. We are all deceiving each other. Deep down we feel there is nothing good, beautiful, and true in us, and at the same time we are desperate to show other people how good, beautiful, and truthful we are. And so we deceive ourselves from generation to generation.
― Thich Nhat Hanh (via ben2d)
In Zen Buddhism, the greater your doubt, the greater will be your enlightenment. That is why doubt can be a good thing. If you are too sure, if you always have conviction, then you may be caught in your wrong perception for a long time.
Thich Nhat Hahn (via stardust-seedling)

Yay. Masters traffic is awesome.

It is perhaps the misfortune of my life that I am interested in far too much but not decisively in any one thing; all my interests are not subordinated in one but stand on an equal footing.
― Søren Kierkegaard (via panatmansam)