Meditation helps us see what is painful and what is miraculous. Happiness in itself is nourishing. It is not necessary to look for happiness outside of ourselves. We only need to be aware of the existence of happiness, and we have it right away.
We can enjoy pleasant feelings—like the sensation of the breeze on our cheek—as we need them. Nourished by the happiness of meditation, we become tolerant, at ease and compassionate with ourselves and others, and our happiness is felt by everyone.
With peace in ourselves, we can share peace with others, and we have enough strength and equanimity to face the many hardships in life with patience and perseverance.
Thich Nhat Hanh, Breathe! You are Alive
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