When we take a moment to watch the sunset or the sunrise, we often feel a great sense of peace and happiness. And we tend to associate this happiness with the sunset.
But isn't the happiness arising from within us?
The happiness is the result of the mind being blown away by the beauty of the sunset. The mind is stopped by the incredible beauty of the moment. And when the mind is stopped, and we are conscious, we feel happy! We feel peace.
This is one of the obstacles to conscious awakening. We attribute peace and happiness to an external factor. Then we keep trying to reproduce this external factor to be happy.
Adyashanti talks about the general example of "wanting." We think that receiving something in the past made us happy. So we want to get things to be happy. And when we get that thing we are happy. But Adyashanti points out that the happiness is the result of the mind not wanting for a moment when it receives the new thing. Once again, the happiness arises from within, but the tendency is to attribute the happiness to external factors.
And with this understanding it is clear that peace and happiness are always available.
There is no need for a sunset or getting something that is desired.
One only needs to allow the mind to rest.
Be still and see the happiness that is naturally and inherently present in every moment.
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