“If you have a golf-ball-sized consciousness, when you read a book, you’ll have a golf-ball-sized understanding; when you look out a window, a golf-ball-sized awareness; when you wake up in the morning, a golf-ball-sized wakefulness; and as you go about your day, a golf-ball-sized inner happiness.
But if you can expand that consciousness, make it grow, then when you read that book, you’ll have more understanding; when you look out, more awareness; when you wake up, more wakefulness; and as you go about your day, more inner happiness.
You can catch ideas at a deeper level, and creativity really flows. It makes life more like a fantastic game.” – David Lynch
So how do you expand it?
“Through meditation one realizes the unbound.
That which is unbounded is happy.
There is no happiness in the small.
“If someone told you that your natural state is one of radiant happiness and joy, and I’m telling you now, and you don’t feel it at the moment, then what’s going on? It’s not that it’s not there, it’s just being blocked by something. But What? It’s our carefully crafted self image and it’s being meticulously managed by our own ego. The ego is a cocky little thing, a mere drop of water that thinks it’s the ocean. Don’t be mad at it for holding you back, thank it for all it’s years of service protecting you. But now inform it politely but firmly that it’s time to step aside and take a back seat, that you’re in charge and you’ve decided to become your larger authentic self. When it steps out of the way, and you release yourself from … Read More »
“Don’t aim at success—the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side-effect of one’s dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long run—in the long run, I say!—success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think of it.” – Viktor Frankl … Read More »
The root of my unhappiness lies in my competitiveness and desire to be number one at something and have it recognized by outsiders. The root of my frustration lies in never finding this thing that my natural talents were so perfectly suited for that I could easily be number one without effort. The root of my delusion lies in believing that my passion for this thing would ignite my motivation and overcome my laziness. The root of my happiness lies in the fact that none of it was ever necessary. – Albert from a meditation on Unhappiness
“A real education will not teach you to be the first. It will tell you to enjoy whatever you are doing, not for the result, but for the act itself. Just like a painter or a dancer or a musician…
You can paint in two … Read More »
“As long as you are afraid of anyone or anything, there can be no happiness. There can be no happiness as long as you are afraid of your parents, your teachers, afraid of not passing examinations, afraid of not making progress, of not getting nearer to the Master, nearer to truth, or of not being approved of, patted on the back.
But if you are really not afraid of anything, then you will find—when you wake up of a morning, or when you are walking alone—that suddenly a strange thing happens: uninvited, unsolicited, unlooked for, that which may be called love, truth, happiness, is suddenly there.”
~ Krishnamurti from Think on These Things