- Happiness, then, is the confidence that pain and disappointment can be tolerated, that love will prove stronger than aggression. It is release from the attachment to pleasant feelings, and faith in the capacity of awareness to guide us through the inevitable insults to our own narcissism. It is the realization that we do not have to be so self-obsessed, that within our own minds lies the capacity for a kind of acceptance we had only dreamed of. This happiness rarely comes without effort to train mind.
- Keep the peace within yourself and then you can bring peace to others.
- Every time you reject a weak or negative thought because it's unworthy of you, you create space for something better. This process operates like breathing - fresh air flows in automatically to replace the stale air you breathe out. There can be no life where there's no breath: apply this logic to your inner life too, and feel yourself thoroughly refreshed.