The urgency of slowing down

Matthieu Ricard, once deemed “the happiest man in the world,” talks about happiness as “a way of being” — a resource of altruism, inner strength, and inner freedom that allows us to handle the reality of life’s turbulence.

.. “I love that word ‘absorption’ because I think that’s my definition of happiness. All of us know we are happiest when we forget ourselves, when we forget the time, when we lose ourselves in a beautiful piece of music or a movie or a deep conversation with a friend or an intimate encounter with someone we love.”

There’s a beautiful lightness in the kind of forgetting that he is talking about.

.. “Sometimes we don’t need to pursue happiness. We just need to pause and let it catch up with us.”