Happiness is found within

All experience is preceded by mind
led by mind, made by mind.

Speak or act with a troubled mind, and suffering will follow, Like the cart-wheel follows the hoof of the ox

Speak or act with a peaceful mind,
and happiness will follow,  Like a never departing shadow.

Dhammapada, The Way of Truth, I, 1 – 6

An evening prayer

May you be present in what you do.
May you never become lost in the bland absences.
May the day never burden you.
May dawn find you awake and alert, approaching your new day with dreams,
Possibilities and promises.
May evening find you gracious and fulfilled.
May you go into the night blessed, sheltered and protected.
May your soul calm, console and renew you.

John O’Donoghue, May the light of your soul gude you

Seeing the world directly

Facing the bluntness of reality is the highest form of sanity and enlightened vision….Devotion proceeds through various stages of unmasking until we reach the point of seeing the world directly and simply without imposing our fabrications….There may be a sense of being lost or exposed a sense of vulnerability. That is simply a sign that ego is losing its grip on its territory; it is not a threat.

Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche