True happiness is holiness


So holiness is like happiness. In fact true happiness is holiness. It’s like happiness because if we want to be happy, we will not be happy. If we are seeking happiness, we will never really find it. We have to allow happiness to come to us as a by-product or as a gift, unexpectedly, without trying to possess it, without being made unhappy by the fact that we want to be happy. There’s a famous saying the Dalai Lama often repeats from the Buddhist tradition: ‘All the unhappiness in the world comes about by people seeking their own happiness. And all the happiness in the world comes about by people seeking other people’s happiness.’ That takes us to the heart of the gospel as well.

Christian Life in the Light of Christian Meditation 2: Holyness by Laurence Freeman OS

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