If this elephant of mind is bound on all sides by the cord of mindfulness, All fear disappears and complete happiness comes. All enemies: all the tigers, lions, elephants, bears, serpents [our wild and uncontrolled emotions]; All the keepers of hell; the demons and the horrors, All of these are bound by the mastery of your mind. And by the taming of that one mind, all are subdued. Because from the mind are derived all fears and immeasurable sorrows. Eight-century Buddhist master Shantideva, as quoted in The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche My head-space has been in a less than joyful mood for some time. I’m cynical beyond words that complete happiness is within my grasp let alone anyone’s.  I…