Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Hooked on Happiness?
“Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness.”
Chuang-Tzu (350 B.C.)
It’s always challenging to comment on these “Zen like” sayings which respond well to exploration in a five day or five year retreat setting.
I find myself on the other side of many motivational and self-help experts who counsel millions on how to be happy. My sense is that happiness is too transitory to actively create and in that context, I resonate with Chuang-Tzu.
I do believe we can set up our lives such that feelings of joy and satisfaction are more likely to occur. Happiness seems more random and therefore, while not something we can manufacture, something we can fully celebrate …. another welcome miracle in our lives.
What about you? Are you “hooked on happiness” as a goal or ????? Please share with all of us your thoughts and perhaps your strategies.
With love and respect,