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“The Universe continues to be perfect at every moment and never permits even the first imperfect event to occur. It goes from perfect to perfect to perfect.”
Chris Prentiss, Zen And the Art of Happiness
“Your life today is the result of a series of decisions you made that have caused you to arrive where you are.”
Chris Prentiss, Zen and the Art of Happiness
“Who you allow into the circle of your life will make the difference in the quality of your life.”
Chris Prentiss, Zen and the Art of Happiness
“The best way for you to get that new experience is to change your response to what happens.”
Chris Prentiss, Zen and the Art of Happiness
“Each river is different, but they all eventually lead to the ocean. No matter what we’re doing or when, or whether it brings us happiness or remorse, gain or loss, we’re all on our individual paths to enlightenment. Even when we’ve done something we consider wrong, we’re still on our path to enlightenment.”
Chris Prentiss, Zen and the Art of Happiness
“What determines each person's state of happiness or unhappiness is not the event itself, but what the event means to that person.”
Chris Prentiss, Zen and the Art of Happiness
“The more you engage in any type of emotion or behavior, the greater your desire for it will become.”
Chris Prentiss, Zen and the Art of Happiness
“If you are surrounded by people who not only don't believe in your goals and your positive outlook on life, but who also continually try to tear you down, it will be extremely challenging for you to hold firmly in mind that you will succeed and that you can be happy.”
Chris Prentiss, Zen and the Art of Happiness
“Again, all of life presents us with two basic ways to treat events. We can either label them "god for us" or "bad for us." The event is only an event. It's how we treat the event that determines what it becomes in our lives. The event doesn't make that determination- we do.”
Chris Prentiss, Zen and the Art of Happiness
“The answers are never "out there." All the answers are "in there," inside you, waiting to be discovered.”
Chris Prentiss, Zen and the Art of Happiness
“The true source of happiness is within each of us.”
Chris Prentiss, Zen and the Art of Happiness
“Your actions create an "energy vortex" that draws in the necessary ingredients for your venture.”
Chris Prentiss, Zen and the Art of Happiness
“Every belief that you hold manifests itself in some manner by either causing you to take some form of action or by preventing you from taking action. If you don't believe something is possible, you won't even attempt it.”
Chris Prentiss, Zen and the Art of Happiness
“You can be happy if you are willing to let go of your past and leave yourself unencumbered so you can fly freely.”
Chris Prentiss, Zen and the Art of Happiness
“If you feel depressed for an hour, you've produced approximately eighteen billion new cells that have more receptors calling out for depressed-type peptides and fewer calling out for feel-good peptides.”
Chris Prentiss, Zen and the Art of Happiness
“There is only one way to achieve lasting happiness. That way is simply: Be happy.”
Chris Prentiss, Zen And the Art of Happiness
“Zen is a journey of exploration and a way of living that, in and of itself, does not belong to any one religion or tradition. It is about experiencing life in the here and now and about removing the dualistic distinctions between "I" and "you" between "subject" and "objective", between our spiritual and our ordinary, everyday activities.”
Chris Prentiss, Zen and the Art of Happiness
“Although you may have never sat down and defined what your philosophy is, it is fully operative and working in your life at all times. It deals with what you believe about the world in which you live, about its people and events, about how you affect them.”
Chris Prentiss, Zen and the Art of Happiness
“Whether a man dispassionately sees to the core of life or passionately sees the surface, the core and the surface are essentially the same, words making them seem different only to express appearance. If name be needed, wonder names them both: from wonder into wonder existence opens.”
Chris Prentiss, Zen And the Art of Happiness
“Stress comes from the way you relate to events or situations.”
Chris Prentiss, Zen and the Art of Happiness
“How do you think your body and mind would respond if you were surrounded by psychologists, psychiatrists, or drug and alcohol counselors who subscribed to the belief that "once an alcoholic or addict, always an alcoholic or addict" and who believed that your current stay in rehab would be one of many?”
Chris Prentiss, Zen and the Art of Happiness
“There is only one way to achieve lasting happiness. That is simply: Be happy.”
Chris Prentiss, Zen and the Art of Happiness
“A strong personal philosophy does more than sustain us through the tragedies of life. It also stains us daily in everything we think and do. It gives us optimism and hope.”
Chris Prentiss, Zen and the Art of Happiness
“Those with limited views are fearful and irresolute: the faster they hurry, the slower they go.”
Chris Prentiss, Zen And the Art of Happiness