Chasing happiness

The irony, of course, is that the faster your pursuit, the more elusive happiness becomes. You can never catch your own shadow.

The founding father of Western psychology, Williams James, said it well: “The faculty of voluntarily bringing back a wandering attention, over and over again, is the very root of the judgement, character, and will.”

Dancer and choreographer Martha Graham put it this way: “All that is important is this one moment in movement. Make the moment vital and worth living. Do not let it slip away unnoticed.”

Further back, the 15th-century Indian poet, Kabir:

“Be strong then, and enter into your own body;

there you have a solid place for your feet.

Think about it carefully!

Don’t go off somewhere else!

Kabir says this: just throw away all thoughts of imaginary things,

and stand firm in that which you are.”

Maybe this moment is perfect, just as it is.

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