It’s a funny thing. Hilarious really. As long as you are pursuing happiness, you will never be happy. As long as you are seeking enlightenment, you will never be enlightened.
Seeking and pursuing are, by definition, directed AWAY from here and now, toward another place and time. Happiness and enlightenment, on the other hand, can only be found in the dimension of aliveness that is HERE and NOW. Anything that you DO to attain happiness or enlightenment is actually a step in the wrong direction.
So what in the nine hells of Atlantis are you supposed to do???
You have to give up. You have to realize that some day, you will die. — Tyler Durden [“Fight Club,” 1999]
Clever idea, Tyler Durden… but this is not going to work either. Even the act of GIVING UP is another, sneaky attempt to find happiness through action. Blargh!
As long as you feel that you need to DO SOMETHING (even if it is to DO NOTHING), you will never feel the contentment, happiness, and enlightenment that arise when there’s absolutely nothing that you need to do.
Thus, being equally unable to “give up” as you are to “get there,” you have no choice but to go on — on The Journey To Where You Already Are — until you are simply too exhausted to walk any farther.
And then you will sit down, and you will be enlightened.
Good luck. Muahahaha.
When you have truly given up on the future as the source of your fulfillment, you are no longer running away from the present moment. And all of a sudden, you are surrounded by aliveness. Your body becomes absorbed into a plane of existence that you had barely even noticed before. Sensations manifest a richer quality; no longer distracted by thoughts of the past and the future, your attention is fully absorbed in this moment of LIFE. After all, you only get one life. This moment is never going to come around again. Is it not worth appreciating?
This is your life, good to the last drop. It doesn’t get any better than this. This is your life, and it’s ending… one minute at a time. — Tyler Durden