Lesson 5: Happiness Is Not A Goal, But The Journey Itself
“Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship” – Buddha
“Happiness is not what you seek, but the path you walk.” – Buddha
Humans, as modern social animals are conditioned to chase happiness as the ultimate treasure of our lives. We study, work and put in all sorts of efforts to establish as much happiness as possible. We look at happiness as a milestone, a benchmark to be achieved.
But the Buddha laughs at our foolish attempts. He calls us the monkey chasing the moon’s reflection in the lake. The monkey will never be able to get a hold of it. Similarly, we as ignorant minds think that happiness is something to be grasped with effort pursuits. But contrary to popular belief, happiness is not a destination, but the journey itself.
To enjoy the journey of life at every step, is enlightenment. To savor every moment, taste the little things here and then is true happiness. Therefore, the Buddha asks us to bring down the veil of falsehood and illusion and realize the true nature of happiness as a universal and omnipresent state of mind.