“We create paradise or hell in our own minds. What conditions do you need to be truly happy? If those conditions are never realized, will you suffer the rest of your life? Or could you manage to be happy even without them? We have many conditions for happiness, but we rarely benefit from them. Please write down some conditions or happiness that are available to you right now. Could you organize your life so that you are able to recognize them when they are present? Try to arrange your life to make these conditions for happiness available. Don’t ignore or destroy them. When there is something you don’t like, how can you make it more acceptable? Please reflect on these questions.”
—from Thich Nhat Hanh’s UNDERSTANDING OUR MIND

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