Happiness; this is a concept a lot of people idealize. Everyone has their own definition of the word ‘happiness.’ It is something most people spend their life chasing. But, how can you chase a thing, if you don’t know what it is? If you don’t know where to find it? Well, I personally think I have found happiness, and I know it’s location.
Around the 5th century, a man known as Siddhartha Gautama was born into a wealthy family as a prince in present-day Nepal. Although he had a considerably, comfortable life(what many of us would
consider to be; happiness), not feeling fulfilled he decided to give up his lavish lifestyle and endure poverty.
Gautama’s philosophy was that the root of suffering was attachments. “There is no fear for one whose mind is not filled with desires.” – A famous quote by the man himself. He believed that desires were illusions created by the ego, and therefore desires brings forth attachments, which then gives birth to suffering(opposite of happiness). So, this means essentially; suffering comes from the ego, and to effectively abolish suffering and bring forth happiness one must go deep into himself, understand and take control of his ‘ego’.
A psychologist will tell you that the ego is the most central part of the mind, which mediates with one’s surroundings. But how does a man/woman dive into the most central part of his/her mind? Well, there
is indeed a method that was promoted by Gautama. This method is called: Dhyāna, this could roughly be translated to ‘Meditation’ in English. Now, there are two types of meditation in ancient Buddhism(a belief system founded by Siddhartha Gautama aka Buddha): Samatha meditation and Vipassana meditation which are focused on calming, clearing and understanding the mind. These two techniques are especially used by Buddhist Monks, and if you ask me, Buddhist monks are arguably the happiest people on earth.
Did you know that to a Buddhist monk; eating a grain of rice is just as satisfying as purchasing the most luxurious Ferrari? Yes! As mind-blowing as it may sound this is indeed a fact.
There is something about meditation that sets you on a path to HAPPINESS. Although, there are tons of medical benefits, the true and paramount benefit of meditation; is that you get to walk into your
mind and own the place(take control of your ego). Only then, can an individual know where happiness is located. It isn’t located in the clothes we buy, as we will always long for more. Or in money; “Money is numbers, numbers never end. If it takes money to be happy your search for happiness will never end” a quote by Bob Marley. Or in the East or the West. It is a concept that transfigures like every other existential phenomenon.
I found happiness many months ago; in my own mind.