Because all living things are part of an “illusion,” or co-existing in our space-time dimensions not completely understood, many persons will live out their lives unaware that options for true happiness exist. Coordinating our lives with the belief that only what we encounter within this three-dimensional world is what brings most of our distress. According to B. Alan Wallace, “one of the most persistent of all delusions is the conviction that the source of our dissatisfaction lies outside of ourselves.” A person seeking happiness may place blame for suffering or anxieties on everything from relationships to the weather. Buddhist philosophy however, teaches that all sources of peace are found inside… from the practice of quiet contemplation, and meditation.
Through the course of daily life, many kinds of thoughts, emotions, and desires arise, and when our attention is focused outward to the world around us, our sensory experiences often confuse our inner life, “just as the sun outshines the stars during the day.”
The Buddha realized this “striving” or craving for sense of peace, or sense of purpose, was simply free will misguided:
“If things are handled the right way, through consciousness and deliberate adjustment of the mind, phenomena can be used for one’s progress on an individual path toward enlightenment. A knife for instance, is neither true nor false, yet someone who grasps it by the blade is surely in error. When we relate to phenomenon in the terms of craving: gaining a sense of self from outside the self, this ill-will of free will is ignorance, which results in suffering. When we take the mind inward, away from phenomenon, the result is happiness.”
We can live our lives mindlessly like organic “robots responding to all stimuli base on our neurochemical and genetic programs,” or we can attempt to create our own happiness with right mind through present-moment awareness and meditation.
Buddhism provides philosophical concepts for living happily. The claim is that all living beings are born with a buddha spirit, or buddha nature, and each living thing has the capacity to acquire perfect enlightenment. Contemplative meditation brings forth an expanded state of consciousness, which in turn provides insight to the true nature of the mind.
Happy mind…happy Life.
Blessings ~ Melinda
 Wallace, B. Alan. “Mind in the balance: meditation in science, Buddhism, and Christianity,” Columbia University Press, 2009. p. 41