Letting go of happiness

There was a curious challenge I faced while meditating earlier today: letting go of happiness. In some meditation sessions, my mind may go through the usual conundrum, occasionally landing me in a calmer state. At other times, not much goes on; and then – yes, that can happen too – I arrived at a happy place. When that happens, there is typically a lovely experience of joy. Sounds quite wonderful, doesn’t it? Yet, as a serious meditator, one needs to learn letting go of this as well…

How does one leave a happy place? When something feels great, departing is the last thing on my mind. But it is not for nothing; once I let go, which takes some doing — talking myself into it, there is a different abode, one that may be called bliss. It is quite unlike happiness; more like a glow versus direct sunlight, or maybe like a healthy, slightly sweeten desert, compared with a dish that is all sugar, no substance. It is not that bliss is better than happiness, yet, in a sense, it is. It is a place where one can stay without any drama, as even happiness has an edge. Bliss has much of… well – nothing.

This experience taught me a life-lesson. I already know that I cannot hold on to a good thing forever; sooner or later it is lost. But if I manage to let it go out of my free will, I make room for something else to come in. If that something happens to be nothing, my cup is simultaneously both full and empty. Does that make any sense? It is as close as it gets to eating the cake and having it too. All I now need is more practice…

Learned from: a meditation experience.

p.s. Coming to think about it, the cup metaphor can be a meditative Koan: If one’s cup is filled with nothingness, is it full or empty?

Buddha and Smiley

Buddha and Smiley

About Ronen

Ronen Divon had been walking spiritual and holistic paths for well over thirty years. Born in Israel, educated in New York, and currently residing in North Carolina, Ronen had traveled the world, spending time with teachers, masters, healers and guides. With wisdom that spans multiple traditions, including the Far East, India, Israel, Brazil, Peru, and Native America, Ronen remains a student, learning and adding modalities that will best serve his clients, each according to their own unique needs. Ronen is also a published author, a Yoga, Meditation, and Tai Chi instructor.
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