Yesterday was one of the most enlightening days in my life. I had waited for years to finally attend his talk. I have read his books, listened to his preaches on youtube, looked for his quotes, etc, etc, etc. All those have directly or indirectly transformed me to who I believe a better man than 5 or 10 years ago. His teachings opened my eyes through my mind shaking my heart. His teachings guided me through difficulties I had, to survive mental tests from destiny and surroundings. I might not the perfect one yet, but I’m learning through him, his teachings and his happiness.

Yesterday he told me the best teaching about right effort to the happiness from his Master.

Everything you do, do it 100%. If you’re sweeping the floor, sweep 100%. If you’re sleeping, sleep 100%. That is the right effort – Ajahn Brahm.

When he said that, it seemed that I have known it for my entire life, but have I really done it? Don’t we still often to mix up between thoughts and feelings, making everything complicated, stressful, unhappy, sorrowful resulting in anger, hatred, and greed? That’s because we did not do it rightfully. I realized that if I did something 100%, focus and mindful, I’m sure there is no places in me for those feelings to interrupt. We would be so focused on the matter that we don’t really care about those feelings. This is the first step towards happiness.

We might not agree on what the meaning of life is, but I’m sure everyone wants to be happy.

Another thing Ajahn mentioned was

If you want to be healthy, then exercise. If you want to be happy, then laugh, smile. If you’re angry, open your heart, welcome the anger, then you’re not angry anymore.

And if we still hold on to those miserable feelings or to deny that we’re happy with life while we’re not. Then the key for happiness is only one. It is “put it down”. Put down those feelings, put down all your heavy bulky thoughts, put down your miseries.

Lastly, the best quote for me yesterday was

Whatever you can do it tomorrow, don’t do it today. Because you might die tonight.


I felt so happy, felt being reborn, enlightened with Ajahn’s teaching yesterday. It was simple. It was everything that we actually know beyond our head, but we never really practice it. We hear, we understand, we leave, and we forget. That’s how people, most people I should say, do. That’s why I post this, to urge people to be happy. I’m not asking anyone to be Buddhists or to believe in Ajahn Brahm, but I’m sharing to everyone that if each of us could start the right effort, then we might find what we’ve been looking for, happiness and peaceful.

I remembered a quote by one of my favorite singer and songwriter, a legend who was inspirational to me although he was shot dead in New York before I even heard about him. But one day, I read he wrote:

When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life. – John Lennon

The funny thing is I once too answered that I want to be happy when I grew up. That was long before I heard about John and this quote.


KINDFULNESS. It’s being kind and mindful at the same time. – Ajahn Brahm

With Love,