Saturday, July 28, 2012

Being Content

When we can think of yesterday without regret
and tomorrow without fear,
we are near contentment.
Contentment is a state of grace we create for ourselves............
I believe that the very purpose of life is to be happy.  From the very core of our being, we desire contentment.  In my own limited experience I have found that the more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being.  Cultivating a close, warmhearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease.  It helps remove whatever fears or insecurities we may have and gives us the strength to cope with any obstacles we encounter.  It is the principal source of success in life.  Since we are not solely material creatures, it is a mistake to place all our hopes for happiness on external development alone.  The key is to develop inner peace.  ~Dalai Lama

If one's life is simple, contentment has to come. Simplicity is extremely important for happiness.  Having few desires, feeling satisfied with what you have, is very vital: satisfaction with just enough food, clothing, and shelter to protect yourself from the elements.  And finally, there is an intense delight in abandoning faulty states of mind and in cultivating helpful ones in meditation.  ~Dalai Lama

The happiness which brings enduring worth to life is not the superficial happiness that is dependent on circumstances.  It is the happiness and contentment that fills the soul even in the midst of the most distressing circumstances and the most bitter environment.  It is the kind of happiness that grins when things go wrong and smiles through the tears.  The happiness for which our souls ache is one undisturbed by success or failure, one which will root deeply inside us and give inward relaxation, peace and contentment, no matter what the surface problems may be.  That kind of happiness stands in need of no outward stimulus.  ~Billy Graham

To have what we want is riches; but to be able to do without is power. ~George Macdonald

He is rich who is content with the least; for contentment is the wealth of nature.  ~Socrates

The fountain of content must spring up in the mind, and he who has so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition, will waste his life in fruitless efforts and multiply the grief he proposes to remove.  ~Samuel Johnson

A cheery relation is man's natural state, just as nature itself is related.  A waterfall is concerned only with being itself, not with doing something it considers waterfall-like.  ~Vernon Howard


The Same Fence
 That Shuts Others Out
Shuts You In
~Bill Copeland