“You can be happy in your anxiety. You can be happy in your depression. But you can’t have the wrong notion of happiness. Did you think happiness was excitement or thrills? That’s what causes depression. – How can I make it last? That’s not happiness, that’s addiction.”

11 Nov

Anthony de Mello in “Awareness” on P. 60 about happiness and not identifying the “I” with the “me”.

More on P. 60 “Don’t look down your nose at the alcoholics and the drug addicts; maybe you’re just as addicted as they are. The first time I got a glimpse of this new world, it was terrifying. I understood what it meant to be alone, with nowhere to rest your head, to leave everyone free and be free yourself, to be special to no one and love everyone – because love does that. It shines on good and bad alike; it makes rain fall on saints and sinners. Is it possible for the rose to say, ‘I will give my fragrance to the food people who smell me, but I will withhold it from the bad”?

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