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Thich Naht Hahn said:
The foundation of happiness is mindfulness. The basic condition for being happy
is our consciousness of being happy. If we are not aware that we are happy, we are
not really happy. When we have a toothache, we know that not having a toothache
is a wonderful thing. But when we do not have a toothache, we are still not happy.
A non-toothache is very pleasant. There are so many things that are enjoyable,
but when we don’t practice mindfulness, we don’t appreciate them. When we practice
mindfulness, we come to cherish these things and we learn how to protect them.
By taking good care of the present moment, we take good care of the future.
Working for peace in the future is to work for peace in the present moment.
I'm not only happy when I get good things.
I'm happy when in a state of non-sweettooth craving.
I'm happy when consumed by non-dwelling on past hurts.
I'm happy with my non-broken leg.
Do you ever notice the happiness that is there when painful experience is absent?