Happiness In Balance
A fellow meditator on Insight Timer shared with us:
Immediately upon reading this, questions started to percolate inside me. I launched an exploration of ideas.
Happy Or Sad
Happiness is part of a pendulum that swings from happy to sad, always in motion, always with the knowledge that no matter where you are on the pendulum of happy, sad is on the other side, waiting for you.
The same is true when we are in sad, but from that perspective, it is sometimes hard to remember that happy is also waiting for us.
As long as we are in a human form, we are never free from either sadness or happiness. These feelings are conditions of the emotional body. If our emotions cease to exist, so too, will the human form.
The fact that we are here on this planet, means we are going to experience happiness as well as anxiety, depression, loneliness and grief. It's all part of the package.
We seem capable of getting stuck on sad for a long time, but it's interesting to note there are not so many reports of getting stuck on happy.
The Story Of A King
The idea of impermanence and the pendulum of our emotions is often captured in the Zen phrase "this, too, shall pass."
Sufi and Zen stories, and biblical parables as well, tell of a great King who was given a ring with this phrase inscribed inside. In either moments of joy or sorrow, he would look at it and be reminded of impermanence.
Here is a link to one version of the story:
Balance Between Happy And Sad
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This, Too, Shall Pass
Walking carefully, we realize that enlightenment does not eliminate our human daily life. Someone may be enlightened, and yet they still have a human form and still experience the wide range of human emotions.
All of our emotions, however, are not who we really are. They are something happening, almost accidentally. They are on the periphery. We are in the center, the observer.
"This, too, shall pass" is a bridge to higher wisdom. It can take us to a point of transcendence in our awareness.
We may even find that happiness embraces sadness and sadness holds within it happiness.