When we do hygge we feel that all is well. We feel safe and calm. There is a sense of comfort, kindness, harmony and belonging. Hygge is about a quality of togetherness or a quality of time. It is life-quality. This means we are activating the ‘Connected/Contented’ network. It is part ‘reward’ for our work but it is also a reprieve from work and a way to switch off from being productive, from doing, from achieving. Hygge is a different way of being.
The word ‘Buddha’ means ‘awake’. Awake is when we realise that our thoughts and feelings are disguising reality. They are blocking the experience of awe, of oneness, of wisdom. Waking up is being shaken out of preoccupation with that which is ultimately hollow, empty and insubstantial. In waking up, the body and the mind fall away and we are left with nothing and everything – the only consistent reality.