“Happiness cannot be found through great effort and willpower. But it is already there in relaxation and letting go.”

This from a Tara Brach talk:

“Happiness cannot be found through great effort and willpower. But it is already there in relaxation and letting go. Don’t strain yourself, there’s nothing to do. Let the game happen on its own, springing up and falling back, without changing anything. And all will vanish and reappear without end. Only our searching for happiness prevents us from seeing it. It is like a rainbow, which you run after without ever catching it. Although it does not exist, it has always been there and accompanies you every instant. Don’t believe in the reality of good and bad experiences. They’re like rainbows. Waiting to grasp the ungraspable you exhaust yourself in vain. As soon as you relax this grasping, space is there, open, inviting, and easeful. Nothing to do, nothing to force, nothing to want. Everything happens by itself.”

~ Lama Gendun Rinpoche