Monday, February 8, 2016

Rice gruel and pickles

A few years ago, when I mentioned to my spiritual teacher how people in the city, including youngsters, were increasingly turning to spirituality or some form of religious practice or adopting better lifestyle choices, he said to me, "In these stressful times, you need balance somewhere in your life."

"And yet no one seems to be happy."

"Happiness is a state of mind. Either you choose to be happy or you don't," he smiled. "You can live on rice gruel and pickles and still be contented with your lot."

He wasn't saying we should live on rice gruel and pickles all our lives. He was merely offering it as an analogy to the conduct of life—where less is more and where the fragile beauty of happiness can be ours for the asking. The thing is how many of us really want rice gruel and pickles.

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