Searching for happiness

Happiness is already there, in relaxation and letting-go.

Happiness cannot be found through great effort and willpower,
but is already there, in relaxation and letting-go.
Don’t strain yourself, there is nothing to do.
Whatever arises in the mind has no importance at all,
because it has no reality whatsoever.
Don’t become attached to it.
Don’t pass judgement.
Let the game happen on its own, springing up and falling back
— without changing anything –
and all will vanish and reappear, without end.

Only oursearching for happiness prevents us from seeing it.
It is like a rainbow
which you run after without ever catching it.
Although it does not exist,
it has always been there and accompanies you every instant.

Don’t believe in the reality of good and bad experiences;
they are like rainbows.
Waiting to grasp the ungraspable, you exhaust yourself in vain.

As soon as you relax this grasping, space is there:
open, inviting, and comfortable.
So, make use of it. All is yours already.
Don’t search any further.
Don’t go into the inextricable jungle looking for the elephant
who is already quietly at home.

Nothing to do,
nothing to force,
nothing to want,
and everything happens by itself.

Venerable Lama Gendiin Rinpoche