When we do things that give us pleasure, they inevitably lead to pain or suffering. If we eat our favorite food for example, and we keep eating it, it will make us either throw up, or never want to see that food again!
When we do things that bring us happiness, they have a quality of peace and contentment. If we help others for example, the helping will continue to bring us happiness. It does not end, or change the quality of our experience.
Most of us equate having a ‘great time’ with happiness. Well, mostly it means that we have taken part in some form of temporary pleasure, and after it is over, what are we left with? Oftentimes, we end up in a state of agitation or exhaustion.
We need to consider what we truly want more of in our lives, and what will bring us ‘that’.
Think of the analogy of a pendulum…we can only swing as low as we go high in the opposite direction…We need to learn to control our highs. If we learn to control our highs, we will find that the highs do not bring us lasting happiness, but instead they lead to pain and suffering. If we can stay more in the middle, and focus on what truly bring lasting happiness: spiritual cultivation and focusing on others, we will have more peace and an easier time overall. Try it…it works!
Love & Light!