I know that deep acceptance is the answer to my own quest for happiness. And it is meditation that has taught me how to accept.
Happiness cannot be bought or sold, nor can you give it to a person who has not got it. Happiness is your own being, your own self, that self that is the most precious thing in life. All religions, all philosophical systems, have in different forms taught man how to find it by the religious path or the mystical way; and all the wise ones have in some form or another given a method by which the individual can find that happiness for which the soul is seeking.
—Hazrat Inayat Khan
Sunday, March 05, 2006
Thomas Merton said the the monastery is a "school for happiness". The Dalai Lama says that all beings want to be happy and that this is the purpose of spiritual practice. Here's an interesting quote about the universality of the quest for happiness: