I do my best to maintain a 'glass-always-full' mentality. If things are going less than stellar, I usually distance myself, or find ways to cleanse my mind or occupy my body. I've been told by friends that they don't come to me with their problems anymore because they can't prompt the 'right' reaction out of me. (IE, "Oh, NO she di'in't!") Usually I'm like "oh well, maybe that person was having a bad day and didn't realise they were being a total ass to you?"
Depends on what kind of "good times" you're talking about. It seems your "good times" are materialist oriented, typical Christian ideals. It's ridiculous that people need to rely on objects to be happy. You're an atheist because the idea of knowing the actual truth about existence comforts you isn't it? Then live by that happiness. It's not like you have much to worry about anyway, isn't that the point of atheism in the first place? Not being hold onto any religious doctrines?
PS. Meditation does not limit to sitting & close your eyes.
Buddha's brother was 80 years old when he attained enlightenment and he trained more than me. You obviously have no inkling of what I was after--not one fucking clue. If you did you wouldn't be stupid enough to assume that I was meditating wrong.
Did I say you're meditating it wrong? I said there are many ways to meditate besides sitting & closing your eyes.
It seems your fact you've just told me aren't that accurate or more fictional, the Buddha had no brother & actually attained enlightenment a lot earlier than the age of 80, you're just 45 years off. Also, you can't count the first 3 Buddhas as the older brother of the 4th. Unless you're 1 those who worship that fatty bloke & believe Buddhist monks can marry & have children. If that's the case, thanks for the information.
Also, I remembered, I said I don't understand why would anybody need objects to be happy? Since you've claimed to be an expert on meditation in your own right, then you should know the answer well.
You said you're an atheist, but you're acting just like those Christians you hated so much. You're too quick to judge & assume just like them. You know, the Buddha classifies people into 4 types of lotus, as I've seen so far, you're the 2nd type but you're acting as if you're the 3rd. Typical western hubris, I'm not surprised.
He also classifies people into 4 ranks as well based on how much they understand his teachings. I thought you're at rank 3, but you've shown me you're not even at rank 4, the lowest rank. You still cling on to assumptions & the primal instincts of the beasts.
But as 1 of the Buddha's teachings had said, I'll give you another chance.
I'm looking forward to hear from you again in the near future.