Monday, October 29, 2007

"There are lots of ways of being miserable, but there's only one way of being comfortable, and that is to stop running round after happiness. If you make up your mind not to be happy there's no reason why you shouldn't have a fairly good time."
- Edith Wharton

"Our happiness is proportional to our ability to tolerate imperfection."
(paraphrase from memory)
- Susan Thesenga

"There is no way to happiness - happiness is the way"
- Thich Nhat Hahn

Discuss.

3 comments:

Ian said...

"Happiness is a loaded gun."

"I love the smell of napalm in the morning."

"Were you raised in a barn or something?"

Criticize.

Joshua Nemith said...

Hi Pam - nice quotes!

My thought is to figure out if people mean that happiness is a feeling or if it's an ongoing state of being.

If it's a feeling, which I think many of us mistakenly think is the case, it can not be trusted to last - feelings are fleeting...(I include myself in this criticism; my own indulgence in "happy feelings" can be a form of unhealthy attachment!)

If it's a state of being, it must, at least in part, mean that we engage our emotions in a way that is accepting and open. How could it be any other way, since all emotions are fleeting?

We can feel sad, angry, helpless, alone - yet still be happy beyond these surface emotional states.

I also think happiness is in some way the opposite of desire. It can't be the fulfillment of desire, because that always generates more desire.

Happiness is listening to the music with no fear (I think that Iggy Pop had something to say about this...)

Happiness, I feel, is unconditional but committed involvement.

Alan Watts said: "How long have the planets been circling the sun? Are they getting anywhere, and do they go faster and faster in order to arrive?" (The Wisdom of Insecurity)

Happiness can't be forced.

(...I think the wine went to my head...)

Andre said...

Bouncing off of Josh's wonderful comment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fccrd8cMKNA