Thursday, August 6, 2015

5 Practices for Nurturing Happiness (7) 幸せを育む5つの実践 (7)

5 Practices for Nurturing Happiness (7)
By Thích Nhất Hạnh

Concentration is born from mindfulness. Concentration has the power to break through, to burn away the afflictions that make you suffer and to allow joy and happiness to come in.

To stay in the present moment takes concentration. Worries and anxiety about the future are always there, ready to take us away. We can see them, acknowledge them, and use our concentration to return to the present moment.

When we have concentration, we have a lot of energy. We don’t get carried away by visions of past suffering or fears about the future. We dwell stably in the present moment so we can get in touch with the wonders of life, and generate joy and happiness.

Concentration is always concentration on something. If you focus on your breathing in a relaxed way, you are already cultivating an inner strength. When you come back to feel your breath, concentrate on your breathing with all your heart and mind. Concentration is not hard labor. You don’t have to strain yourself or make a huge effort. Happiness arises lightly and easily.

(to be continued)


幸せを育むための5つの実践 (7)

4. 集中 「定生喜楽」






Thích Nhất Hạnh

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