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Hi, welcome back to

your Daily Mindfulness.

In today's session, we're

going to talk about happiness.

I want to talk about happiness

in the context of sustaining

a deeper form of happiness.

In my experience, and this will

be echoed throughout the millennia

from different contemplative

practitioners, the only sustainable

form of happiness is the happiness

of not trying to sustain happiness.

A mind that is attached to

temporary moments of feeling good

is a mind that ends up tight.

It's fragile.

It's frustrated.

It's constantly grasping at needing this

moment to stay a certain way or pushing

away moments that it doesn't like.

A mind that has permission to live the

full human experience is a mind that

is light, that's free, that is content.

This doesn't mean we don't give ourselves

permission to linger in positive

experiences when they're there, but

there's a difference between grasping onto

an experience versus needing an experience

to stay here in order to be okay.

And a lot of us take the latter

orientation to positive experiences when

they arise, especially if they're seldom.

And so this is I guess a plug

for the work that you're already

doing here at Mindfulness.com.

Meditation aims to cultivate a certain

quality of happiness that is separate

from needing to sustain happiness.

If trying to sustain happiness worked.

And we just go, oh, give me this.

I'm going to hold onto it.

And that led to happiness forever.

I'd say, go for it.

I'm very logically oriented when

it comes to that, very algorithmic.

I think that's one of the things

that drew me to meditation.

But it doesn't take long of looking

at your own experience to realize that

prescription doesn't actually work.

And since we live in the realm of

impermanence, where emotions are coming

and going, thoughts are coming and

going, sensations are coming and going,

sensory experiences are coming and going,

there's no amount of grasping at it that

is going to give us a permanent refuge.

Instead, we have to learn to bend

with it, meet this moment as it is

without creating so much extra tension

from the pushing, the pushing and

pulling relationship to experience.

So something to continue to bring

into your own orientation of

bringing mindfulness into your life

and also your meditation practice.

Thank you for that practice.

And let's settle in

for today's meditation.

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