Arthur’s Happiness Project Continues

Happiness is a state of being. Pleasure is a feeling. In his book, “Happiness” , Mathew Ricard , the scientist turned Buddhist monk encourages us to embrace the tenets of the Buddhist philosophy to ensure our happiness state. One of the main tenets of Buddhist philosophy is that the lot of man is suffering. That is unless he has cast off the illusions of life , shed ignorance and become aware.
Looking around in any major city where I usually reside,the truth of this statement becomes evident. Most people do not know themselves. They neither know their weakness’s nor their strength. They are lost souls seeking satisfaction by pursuing a lifestyle in which they are programmed by many agencies of society and in a specific nefarious manner ,the advertising and marketing industry. They are constantly comparing their lives to the one that they should be having according to media influences. To be their true authentic selves and striving for their personal bests entirely escapes their consciousness.
Therefore, for the most part, they become their own worst enemies in the pursuit of happiness.
Knowing who they really are, their soul’s purpose eludes them. Perhaps if the countries in the world imitated the country of Bhutan and had ,”The Gross Happiness Index instead of of the the ,”Gross National Product as their goal more people would be happier.
In the eighties I read a book called,”The Way Of The Peaceful Warrior” by Dan Millman. His wise teacher said there were many ways of getting wealthy. He went on to say, “You could marry rich, you could rob a bank, you could work hard and save your money or you could control your desires”. This last statement impressed me at the time. This is what Mathieu Ricard suggests in his book. This requires discipline and being an independent thinker which is the opposite we in Western society are programmed. We are programmed to trust and obey authority in all its’ various forms.
The gap between the rich and poor is increasing every day.
This is the first time in history that young people have given up having the expectation that they will not be as wealthy or surpass their parents. They represent the highest group of unemployed people in the West. For every MBA making a six figure salary there are thousands of post high school graduates working as Barista at Starbucks and other Coffee shops and other minimum wage paying jobs.
Research shows that after attaining a minimum amount of wealth to allow you the freedom to do what you want ,when you want any additional wealth does not bring one any more happiness. The challenge at the moment is that young people often are scrambling to pay their rent, make payments on huge student loans and enjoy a lifestyle they previously had living with their parents without being in constant debt. It is impossible to do so being paid the minimum wage.
It is not only young people but many older people especially woman in retirement age suffer from the same fate.
It appears that many people are in a survival mode. How long can this continue in North American society. We have seen its” effect on the ,”PIGS”-Portugal, Italy,Greece and Spain. When will this unhappiness spread to North America or has it already?
The question one must ask oneself is ,”What is my passion, and what nurtures my soul”? For me ,it has been my work in healing,doing all I need to do to keep myself healthy in body, mind and spirit, good friendships, classical music, travelling , reading and writing.

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5 Responses to Arthur’s Happiness Project Continues

  1. Lillian says:

    We met on a plane headed to Chiang Mai a couple of months ago, and I said I wanted to introduce you to my friend who is a hypnotist in Bangkok. I tried email, however, and it wouldn’t send. So I did what any person under 30 would do nowadays and used google. :-P I figured with a title like “wandering therapist” it shouldn’t be too hard. Anyway, this is you, yes?

    • arthur says:

      Yes, this is me. I’m sorry. I have not been paying attention to this blog, but your request has helped me to return to it. I would very much like to be connected to your friend. With a bit of luck I should be in Thailand sometime by the ist week of November.

  2. Arthur,

    I could not agree more to what you have written in your website.
    Your thoughts mirrors and enhance my own. You inspire me.
    Thank you for all that you do!


    • arthur says:

      Thank you for your vote of confidence. My life is a labor of love. I wish everyone on the planet were as lucky as you and I.

  3. Suzanne says:

    Very nice. Is you all right. I have only read two this far and enjoy your opinions on life. It motivates me to start blogging, at least look into it to discover how to go about it. Is all true what you express and is my belief as well. I discovered that after the birth of my first child while looking in the mirror naked one morning and thought to myself. Oh boy, wow gotta do something about my body and I began exercising from that moment on. Today I am grateful for my morning disciplinary routine. I don’t have a body builder sculptured body, yet am very good shape for my age and am proud of it. Love to learn each day, I hunger to learn to anything to better myself. Therefore am very grateful for all those amazing souls ( hint, hint, LOL) whom cross my path to help me get to another level and so on.

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