“Be Content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.”
This quote concisely details the essence of Zen in daily life, and a perspective that is greatly relevant in Western culture. Often we find ourselves wrapped up in wanting more; we want more money, we want more clothes, purses, electronics, cars, and even immaterial things such as emotions. We want more happiness, more love, more excitement, or more euphoria. This might even be part of the human condition.
There is nothing wrong with being human. However, these desires and perceived needs are the result of culture, advertising, and misunderstanding of transience of life. These desires and perceived needs are also the cause of great and frequent suffering. When we buy the latest phone, purse, or car, we are only temporarily satisfied. This satisfaction does not last and often we desire a newer version, or a different item weeks or even days later.
This is what we call insatiable desire. Desire that can never be satisfied. We cannot blame ourselves solely for this, but we should be mindful of it. In fact, great happiness can be found in dropping it all together. This could take time, as it involves changing our thoughts and perspective. It could also be a sudden realization, seeing this as truth, agreeing with it, and instantly changing your outlook on your own desires and seeing the suffering of others. This is part of enlightenment.
As always, you do not have to agree with this altogether, or even at all. See for yourself. Contemplate these truths that every Buddha has agreed with and discover whether or not you agree. Once you realize there is nothing lacking in what you have, physically, mentally, and emotionally, rejoice in the way things are. That is Zen Happiness, that is true happiness.