The Secret of Happiness


“That is the simple secret of happiness. Whatever you are doing, don’t let past move your mind; don’t let future disturb you. Because the past is no more, and the future is not yet. To live in the memories, to live in the imagination, is to live in the non-existential. And when you are living in the non-existential, you are missing that which is existential. Naturally you will be miserable, because you will miss your whole life.” 

― Osho


10 thoughts on “The Secret of Happiness

  1. Telling someone with PTSD or someone who was molested as a child, that they should stop living in the past and just get on with today, just adds to their shame.

  2. Thanks for your comment. I agree with your comment. That would add shame!

    However, I don’t think Osho was trying to say that people with PTSD or those who have suffered abuse should entirely forget their past, that simply wouldn’t be possible. I believe he’s saying that to gain peace, no matter what type of pain you’re experiencing, (and pain is universal), is to try and root yourself in the present moment. The past has gone, it no longer exists, so try and make peace with what has happened as you cannot change it, try as we may. Also the future hasn’t happened yet so don’t stress over things that may not even occur.

    It’s mindfulness. The concept that peace can only ever occur if you are living life in the present. It’s about becoming aware of your thoughts, making them conscious and when you catch yourself reliving events/pain try to bring yourself back to the present moment, perhaps with the breath.

    Mindfulness has really helped me cultivate a lot of peace in my life. Namaste and thank you for reading my blog post. 🙏🏼☺️🙏🏼

  3. A therapist would tell someone with PTSD to stop living in the past, I know, mine did.

    I healed from PTSD because I traded the past for this present moment.

    Actually two of the best therapies for PTSD are hybrids of mindfulness and cognitive therapy, ACT and DBT therapy.

    Shame is a judgment you have judged upon yourself. Shame is not what happens when someone tells you to live in the moment. I believe you are mistaken.

    • Thank you so much Marty. I love your insight on this! I’m so incredibly happy for you that you healed from PTSD, I wasn’t even aware that was possible. Remarkable. I’m sure it wasn’t easy and required much work and yet your reeping the rewards. Thanks again. Namaste! 🤘🏻☺️🤘🏻

  4. Healing is very possible and to be expected if you do the daily work. PTSD! Trauma is stored as implicit memory in the amygdala. The amygdala is tasked with our defense mechanism and is not accessible consciously.

    That is why mindfulness works so well.

    I healed not thinking about my abusive father, by not letting people’s words impact my spirit.

    We heal by integrating past trauma to present moment, by staying present when our fight or flight mechanism fires.

    Dissociation is the strongest symptom of trauma. That is leaving this moment to travel to the past or worry into the future.

    We all can be perfect in this next breath.

    The spiritual path, and healing are the same.

    • Thank you Marty. This really is such an eye opener for me. I’m sure your success can provide hope as well as a method to current sufferers. I need to read Buddha’s Brain. I take it it’s not specific to PTSD but mindfulness in general?

  5. Buddhas Brain (Rick Hamson) takes the zoo zen model and examines it with a neuroscientific slant.

    What fires together wires together, where we place attention grows,miners we withhold withers and dies.

    This book explains what happens when we meditate.

    The last piece is loving kindness giving.

    The Buddhists were spot on.

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