Seeking Happiness

Mercedes Aspland
By Mercedes Aspland / November 7, 2013

I have been wanting to tell you all about my Buddhist Course for ages but my mind has been so filled with other things that it has been hard to write. So the first thing you might be wondering is why the above image? Well the quote was something I read in a book on buddhism a while ago and something that means even more now that I have done the course.

It was a small course with just a few people and a wonderful teacher who was very much grounded in modern living. Everyone had their own thoughts and ideas about what Buddhism is to contribute to the group. The people I met were not people that I would meet in normal life and I guess that was one of my first lessons, to be open to all people from all walks of life. I can definitely say I was glad that I met all of these people and they have all contributed to my journey in one way or another.

Well back to the course and how it was structured. It ran over 5 weeks on a Thursday evening from 7:00-9:30p.m. and was quite and intense course developing our understanding of meditation and Buddhism. We got to regularly practise Mindfulness of Breathing and the Metta Bhavana techniques and this was great to deepen my knowledge. Each week we considered a different topic like ethics and wisdom and on the final week we looked at how we could relate everything we had learned to everyday life.

I can say it made me realise I had been brought up with Buddhist principles and that I wanted to accept them into my life even more. I think I am just beginning on my discovery and intend to attend many more meditation evenings and days and also to see if I can get involved in more study on the matter. There is so much more I want to explore. I am also going to be starting my Yoga teacher training next year as well which is even more to help me understand me. If you would like to take a similar course check out The North London Buddhist Centre.

Just a quick note on the quote and why it means so much to me. Basically the most important thing in life is to realise where everything comes from, and that is within and this quote just helped me realise visually how futile it is to look at things and people to find happiness. This is definitely something worth meditating on.

About the author

Mercedes Aspland

Mercedes is a Yoga Sports Coach with experiences working with athletes from many disciplines and experience levels. She is keen to spread the word of how valuable yoga is to sport. With additional qualifications in nutrition she also shares a number of recipes and nutritional advice to keep you fuelled while training.

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