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.
-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.”
- Just simply smile (kiplimochemirmir.wordpress.com)