Meditation: The Happiness Workout

Happiness guru and Buddhist monk, Matthieu Ricard, has a new book out called Why Meditate, and tells New York Magazine that working out is to fitness as meditation is to happiness:

“It’s not, in principle, different from any skill. Instead of going to a gymnasium for fitness, you go to a compassion gymnasium, which is sitting in the morning and, for twenty minutes, bringing love and kindness to your mind.” Eventually, “It will raise your baseline.”

Ricard says you shouldn't worry about becoming too happy:

“Altruism and compassion doesn’t mean stupidly letting everyone step on your toes. When you meet someone, have an open attitude—an a priori trusting. If you smile, smile—but you don’t have to smile like you’re crazy. If you value others, you are concerned with their happiness and suffering. That doesn’t mean you’re weak.”

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