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In the Four Noble Truths, the Buddha focused primarily on suffering as a gateway to liberation. But he also taught that mindfulness of happiness can provide the same liberating insights as suffering.
Freedom from Fear
Being mindful of your fear allows it to become your teacher and gives purpose to what is otherwise meaningless suffering.
Managing Fatigue with Mindfulness
Most of us dislike being fatigued and aren’t fully open to experiencing it. However, when we practice vipassana, we use mindfulness to see the dukkha (suffering) in all of our experiences; therefore, we can treat fatigue as one more experience that can be known.
The Pursuit of Happiness
When you organize and measure your life by how well you follow your intentions instead of getting what you desire, your moments of happiness are enhanced and your difficult moments are more bearable.
Happiness Here and Now
Mindfulness of your happiness can be a gateway to liberation. Read the following article and listen to the suggested audio dharma talk, and then deepen your understanding of the teachings by contemplating the reflections provided below.
Audio Dharma Talk
What Might Have Been
We cling to the past in many different ways. This talk explores utilizing Vipassana Meditation as a means to let go and obtain more freedom.
Starting your Day with Clarity
Utilizing mindfulness to start your day with clarity is a very empowering practice. So often we use coping techniques immediately, rather than taking the moment to just being aware. Always, and especially when starting one's day, it's important to be aware of whatever is present with loving kindness and compassion, for that can have a positive effect on your whole day.
Fatigue, Part 2
Fatigue, strain, pressure, and stress can seem like difficult or unfortunate life experiences, however, they are also opportunities to practice the dharma.
Mindfulness practice helps us develop resiliency, the capacity to recover from loss and trauma. By cultivating panna or wisdom, and by practicing compassion, loving-kindness, and reflection, we develop an attitude that supports our physical and emotional resilience.
Self-Discovery through Poetry
It takes courage to be happy, to accept the way things are. We tend to forget that dukkha, or suffering, is an unavoidable part of conscious existence. However, we can strive to practice mindfully with the intention not to object to the way things are, not to harm others or ourselves, and to keep an open heart. We can find happiness through renunciation, surrender, and acceptance.