The Happiness Of Others

HappinessI think I’m a pretty happy sort of chap, always joking around and generally enjoying life. But there are times when that just isn’t appropriate and the last couple of weeks have been such a time.

Being happy is actually a frame of mind. It is also a choice that we can all make, by seeing the glass as half full, rather than half empty. But the happiness of others can, and often does, have a very uplifting effect.

Understandably, Bumble has been very sad of late. That really isn’t how she usually is, every picture of her has her wearing a smile. So it was really nice to hear her in a happy mood. She’s back at work and life is slowly getting bearable again.

So my happiness tonight is more than partly down to her happiness. The happiness of others is important and is something we should try our best to promote. Using our wisdom, courage and compassion will go a long way to achieving that goal.

So next time, during diamoku, concentrate on praying for the happiness of someone you know who needs a bit of cheering up. Fill your lungs, chant your heart out and you too will feel your spirits lifted.

Nam Myoho Renge Kyo.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lois
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 00:23:41

    Could you explain what diamoku is… is it the same as metta bhavana? I think it may be so I will be thinking of Bumble and you next time I practice


    • Anupadin
      Aug 01, 2012 @ 00:34:50

      Diamoku is the repeated chanting of Nam Myoho Renge Kyo either on it’s own or in combination with excerpts from The Lotus Sutra during practice.

      We thank you for your kind thoughts. Compared to many others, we lead a rather happy life, but there are times when every little helps.


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