He who wants to expand the field of happiness, let him lay the foundation of it on the bottom of his heart.
I recently picked up my own copy of The Tract Of The Quiet Way (Yin Chih Wen) and quickly realized that underneath its simple rules for good living, there existed deeper meanings for those willing to meditate on them.
I did not get past the first page before I had to and consider where the “bottom of my heart” was. What did that mean? Later that week, in a rare instance where I had the house to myself, a sense of euphoria came over me, and I realized I was happier in my life than I could ever remember being before.
Thinking back on today’s passage it all clicked. While it is true, that many paths teach the elimination of desire as a path to enlightenment, I found something that built on this concept. Humans have always designated the heart as the seat of desire. On the surface, it pulses with daily needs of living, food, shelter and all the modern inventions that commercialism tells us we must have to be happy. Underneath all that, down at the bottom is where we find our true heart’s desire. Sadly sometimes we don’t even know it there.
Five years ago, I made major life changes -I gave up on the nine to five. Without even realizing it, I lay a foundation for happiness by restructured my life from the acquisition of things (elimination of petty material desire) to the achievement of life goals. I’ve let go of the need to have and focused on what “I NEED to do,” and I’ve never been happier.
Recently I have been giving some consideration to going back to corporate America for a year or so, there is a car that I’d love to pay off. I’m rethinking that plan now.