Planting Seeds of Happiness
You have both seeds of happiness and unhappiness in you, planted by your parents, your ancestors, or your friends.
When seeds of happiness manifest themselves, you feel quite happy. But when seeds of sorrow, anger, and hatred manifest, you feel very unhappy. The quality of our life depends on what seeds we water in our consciousness.
When you practice breathing, smiling, and looking at beautiful things around you, you are planting seeds of beauty and happiness. That is why we practice things like breathing in and seeing ourselves as a flower, breathing out and feeling fresh, breathing in and seeing ourselves as a mountain, breathing out and feeling solid like a mountain. This practice helps us plant seeds of solidity and freshness in ourselves. Every time we walk with calm and ease, or we smile and release the tension in us, we are planting seeds that will strengthen our happiness. With each happy step, we plant a happy seed.
- Thich Nhat Hanh -