“What do I want from life” is a question we’ve all asked ourselves. Undoubtedly, our answer is always,”Well…I want to be happy.”
And if we look at our lives right now, there are probably some things to be happy about.
You have a family. You may have a girlfriend/boyfriend. Or perhaps you’re enjoying the freedom of being single. You have somewhere to sleep. A roof over your head. Whatever your life circumstances right now, there’s always something to be appreciative for.
Yet, why is it that we’re never satisfied? Why are constantly searching for something more?
In other words, what IS the real secret to everlasting happiness?
Well, according to Zen master Osho, we’re making it a little too complicated.
Check out this passage where he talks about the secret to “enlightenment”:
“I’m simply saying that there is a way to be sane. I’m saying that you can get rid of all this insanity created by the past in you. Just by being a simple witness of your thought processes.
It is simply sitting silently, witnessing the thoughts, passing before you. Just witnessing, not interfering not even judging, because the moment you judge you have lost the pure witness. The moment you say “this is good, this is bad,” you have already jumped onto the thought process.
It takes a little time to create a gap between the witness and the mind. Once the gap is there, you are in for a great surprise, that you are not the mind, that you are the witness, a watcher.
And this process of watching is the very alchemy of real religion. Because as you become more and more deeply rooted in witnessing, thoughts start disappearing. You are, but the mind is utterly empty.
That’s the moment of enlightenment. That is the moment that you become for the first time an unconditioned, sane, really free human being.” – Osho
This advice is also similar to an Alan Watts video on self-improvement, which I’ve put in below this article.
Once we become the observer the mind, we realize that we no longer are the mind, which offers us enormous liberation from preconditioned thought patterns and beliefs.
If you have the time, I highly recommended you check out the Alan Watts video below. It goes for about 7 minutes and discusses in detail what Osho explains above.
It changed my mind on self-improvement, and I hope it can do the same for you.