There is definitely a temporary happiness that comes from enjoying pleasant experiences, but because it’s temporary, it’s unreliable, and we then have to go searching for the next hit of pleasantness, then the next, the next, the next … The effort to keep trying to find and maintain pleasant experiences keeps us dependent on conditions in the external world being a certain way in order for us to be happy.

With the kind of meditation training that Dan and Joseph are offering though, it’s possible to develop a more consistent ease and happiness that’s independent of external conditions. As you continue with the practice, you should find that you become less reactive to unpleasant experiences, and better able to maintain balance and ease of mind even when things aren’t going so well.

If you’d like to focus more directly on cultivating happiness in everyday life, this book by well-known insight meditation teacher James Baraz could be relevant: “Awakening Joy: 10 Steps to True Happiness.”

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