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Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful LifebySylvia Boorstein 801 ratings, 3.94 average rating, 94 reviews Open Preview


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“All losses are sad. The end of an important relationship is also a death. When people fall out of love with each other, or when what seemed like a solid friendship falls into ruin, the hope for a shared future--a hope that provided a context and a purpose to life--is gone. ” ― Sylvia Boorstein, Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life
“May I meet this moment fully. May I meet it as a friend.” ― Sylvia Boorstein, Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life
“... the moment in which the mind acknowledge "This isn"t what I wanted, but it"s what I got" is the point at which suffering disappears. Sadness might remain present, but the mind ... is free to console, free to support the mind"s acceptance of the situation, free to allow space for new possibilities to come into view. ” ― Sylvia Boorstein, Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life
“May I feel contented and safe.May I feel protected and pleased.May my physical body support me with strength.May my life unfold smoothly with ease. ” ― Sylvia Boorstein, Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life
“... you are in pain. Relax. Take a breath. Let"s pay attention to what is happening. Then we"ll figure out what to do. ” ― Sylvia Boorstein, Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life
“Everything is always changing."There is a cause-and-effect lawfulness that governs all unfolding experience."What I do matters, but I am not in charge. Suffering results from struggling with what is beyond my control. ” ― Sylvia Boorstein, Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life
“... change and loss and sadness and grief are the shared lot of all human beings ... we are all making our way from one end of life to the other hoping--for whatever intervals of time we can manage it--to feel safe and content and strong and at ease. ” ― Sylvia Boorstein, Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life
“Heir to your own karma doesn"t mean "You get what you deserve." I think it means "You get what you get." Bad things happen to good people. My happiness depending on my action means, to me, that it depends on my action of choosing compassion--for myself as well as for everyone else--rather than contention. ” ― Sylvia Boorstein, Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life
“I love the phrase "I am not afraid!" Maybe it"s the best phrase we can say, other than "I have everything I need." Maybe they are the same. ” ― Sylvia Boorstein, Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life
“Effort, concentration, and mindfulness are the internal ways in which the mind restores itself from being out of balance and lost in confusion to a condition of ease, clarity, and wisdom NO external action needs to happen. ” ― Sylvia Boorstein, Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life
“I know whether or not I am confused most readily by noticing--being mindful of--my capacity for feeling caring concern. ... when I feel myself in caring connection--encouraging, consoling, or appreciating--I feel the twin pleasures of clarity and goodness. It doesn"t matter if the connection I feel is to myself or a person I know or people I don"t know or even the whole world. The lively impulse of caring is what counts. ” ― Sylvia Boorstein, Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life
“Here"s a practice idea for right now. Choose one of those sets of phrases. ... Plan on taking some time to say those words over and over, as you would an ardent prayer. Set some time aside for this. (Fifteen minutes would be a good start.) Then sit comfortably. Later on, you can say these phrases walking about or doing chores or even riding your bike--but for now, just sit. That way you can look at the words."Say each phrase as if you expect it will feel different in your mind--they are slightly different wishes--and feel how each of them echoes in your mind and body. ” ― Sylvia Boorstein, Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life
“Sadness isn"t a kilesha, a habit pattern evoked by challenge. Sadness sis what the mind feels when it is bereaved or bereft. All the wisdom in the world about the inevitability of change or the lawfulness of does not ease the heaviness in the mind that we feel when we lose someone, or something, we hold dear .” ― Sylvia Boorstein, Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life
“Knowing ... that the struggle to create a different current reality is to no avail helps keep the attention present even when experience is painful. ... the same wisdom that keeps the attention alert and present in painful circumstances includes the awareness ... that human beings feel about things, that we lament or yearn or grieve even when we understand that things can"t be different. ” ― Sylvia Boorstein, Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life
“The responses of friendliness, compassion, and appreciation that I felt ...--all situational permutations of basic goodwill--depended on my mind"s being relaxed and alert enough to notice both what was happening around me and what was happening as my internal response. ” ― Sylvia Boorstein, Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life
“... although I knew what issues had been most difficult for me in my life, I may not have known the depth of the feeling I had about them. ... When those stories, with their feelings, returned ... I paid attention to them. What I tell people now it, "Try to keep your mind hospitable. This needs to visit for a while. Don"t be afraid." ” ― Sylvia Boorstein, Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life
“Speech that compliments is, by definition, free from derision, which clouds the mind with enemies and makes it tense. Kind speech makes the mind feel safe and also glad. ” ― Sylvia Boorstein, Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life
“If I can"t see around my personal story, I"ll have no way to see sit in context: This is one event in a life of events. It is whatever it is, but it is temporal. The pain is terrible, but it won"t last. I can manage it. or this joy is incredible, but it won"t last. Celebrate it now! ” ― Sylvia Boorstein, Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life
“Sadness isn"t a kilesha, a habit pattern evoked by challenge. Sadness is what the mind feels when it is bereaved or bereft. All the wisdom in the world about the inevitability of change or the lawfulness of karma does not ease the heaviness in the mind that we feel when we lose someone, or something, we hold dear .” ― Sylvia Boorstein, Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life
“The end of health or of vigor is sad. ” ― Sylvia Boorstein, Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life


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“And here is the eternal wisdom: There are always challenges. You plan for one thing, and something else often happens. The long view—is this a desirable thing or an undesirable thing?—is rarely immediately apparent. Immediate emotional responses are just that. Noticing them, and reflecting, is always a good idea. And the cause of suffering—always—is struggling with challenge rather than responding with sound judgment and kindness.” ― Sylvia Boorstein, Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life