Obstacles to Our Happiness

We seem to always be busy, chasing or grasping at something. There are so many things we want to do all at the same time. It’s as if we don’t have any free time to just live.

The operative word here is free. In Buddhist terms, we would say liberated. Real happiness cannot exist when we are not liberated.

How can we be liberated or happy if we think all the burdens we carry are necessary to achieve happiness?

That sounds like life living me, rather than me living my life.

What if you took a step back and looked closely at your life and how you use your time? We would be surprised that all of the things we grasp at are the very obstacles to our own happiness.
What if we re-evaluate our lives?

Now, inside of these truly C R A Z Y times, is the perfect opportunity for us to do so. Can we practice letting go of the “to-do” list, the hamster wheel of life, the fears that undoubtedly are taking center stage about now? Let them go. In letting them go, we learn that true happiness can only come by way of freedom to actually experience a more awakened life.

Once we let go of some of what we think we are supposed to be doing in order to be happy and begin practicing love and compassion, we can start truly living a liberated or “awakened” and happy life.

For a full list of weekly meditations, gatherings and Dharma talks with Maggie Kelly, check out the Satsang House Event Calendar for dates and times.