The Buddha Makes Me Smile

Buddha statues in a temple on Jejudo, South Korea

Buddha statues in a temple on Jejudo, South Korea (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have recently been inundated with more and more hostile comments about my Buddhism.  Whether it’s from Facebook friends or people I interact with on a daily basis.  This has allowed anger to well inside of me.  Luckily, I have many tools in my belt to help me embrace that anger, find the root of it, and allow it to dissipate.  I am finding that I do not stay angry nearly as long as I used to.

However, this is not another post about anger.  Quite the opposite actually.  I want to write about the things that make me smile.  That bring me joy, peace, and happiness.  And as I do so, I want my readers to ponder their own joy and happiness.  What brings you peace? So, let’s begin.

Portrait of Buddha, in teaching posture

Portrait of Buddha, in teaching posture (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

-The smile on the Buddha’s face makes me smile.
-My mother when she calls “just to chat” makes me smile.
-My friends bring me joy.
-My niece telling me stories makes me smile.
-My nephew’s exuberance at life makes me smile.
-My neighbor, when he buys extra treats for my dogs, makes me smile.
-My family makes me happy.
-My students (though I don’t often admit this) make me smile.
-My dogs definitely make me smile.
-Being told, “I love you,” brings me great joy.
-Telling those I care about, “I love you” brings me happiness and peace.
-Being told, “I’m grateful for you,” brings me a soaring sense of happiness.
-Telling others, “I am grateful for you,” brings me joy and peace.
-Animals, especially those at play, make me smile.
-The laughter of a baby makes me smile.
-Reading brings me joy.
-Writing brings me happiness.
-Mindfulness brings me peace.
-Meditation brings me peace.
-Yoga brings me love, joy, happiness, peace, gratitude, health, well-being.

This is just a small list.  I could go on and on and on.  But, you get the idea.  What’s on your list?  What brings you joy?  Sometimes it’s hard to see through our anger or depression; our sadness or gloom.  But, find one thing that makes you smile; no matter how small or trivial.  Hold on to that one thought and as you begin to smile you will think of more things that bring a sense of happiness, joy, or even peace to you.  Use these as a reminder.  They can be your anchor in tough times.  Once you find your joy, do as Joseph Campbell suggests, “Follow your bliss.”

Namasté
Matthew

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