The only time when we need guidance about happiness is when we are unhappy (unpeaceful, afraid, angry, worried, etc.). It is then that we need to make some kind of a change.
I always have some reason why I am unhappy—something that my mind tells itself to explain or justify the unhappiness. Typically I come up with a reason involving something outside myself. For instance, I am angry now because my friend made an unkind comment to me. Or, I am afraid now because there may be a bird flu epidemic coming soon. Or it may be something that happened in the past—a past that is “outside” of the present moment. [click to continue…]