“We are addicted to pleasure, in part because we confuse pleasure with happiness. We would all say that deep down, all we want is to be happy. Yet, we don’t have a realistic understanding of what happiness really is. Happiness is closer to the experience of acceptance and contentment than it is to pleasure. True happiness exists as the spacious and compassionate heart’s willingness to feel whatever is present.”—
Noah Levine, “Against The Stream,” via ajmarechal.
Philippines Typhoon Haiyan slammed into six central islands Friday, decimating buildings and homes. One of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded, Haiyan (Yolanda in the Philippines) has caused at least 10,000 fatalities, according to local officials.
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