The Ideal of Happiness

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“The Ideal of Happiness”  |  Anthony Satori

“Life in common among people who love each other is the ideal of happiness.” 

— George Sand

So often we look outward for the things that will make us happy. We look to that vacation that we’ve been dreaming about, those designer clothes that will set us apart, the expensive food, cars, and toys that we’re sure will fulfill our perceived need for such things. And don’t get me wrong, I do not, in the slightest, discount the potential pleasure that material objects and experiences can bring. Not at all. In fact, I have a highly cultivated appreciation for quality and aesthetics, in every aspect of life. But it is equally important to realize that such things are not the essence of what truly makes a person happy.  It is a cliche, I’m sure, but it is true: material wealth cannot buy happiness, friends, contentment, or love. And, in contrast, when you are with the right people, doing just about anything, even the most mundane of activities, can be the very best of times. Indulging in a meandering  conversation on a warm summer afternoon, watching an old movie (or binge-ing on a new TV show) late into the night, going to an art gallery, visiting the beach, or playing a few hands of poker for toothpicks and matches… any of these things can truly constitute the ideal of happiness. So, yes… well done, Ms. Sand. I do believe that you have hit the nail on the head.  Whether it is at a five-star hotel in the South of France, or around a second-hand card table in your friend’s garage, it is the sharing of life in common among people who love each other that is, ultimately, the essence of a happy life.


Expansive Consciousness

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“Expansive Consciousness”  |  Anthony Satori

It presents quite a conundrum, actually.  As conscious beings — that is, as actual living incarnations of Consciousness itself — we are truly vast.  Beyond immense, in fact.  But in terms of our physical place in the universe?  We are utterly miniscule.  Smaller than the smallest  sub-atomic particle measured against the breadth and depth of the ocean.  It is a remarkable paradox to hold in one’s mind.  It is both exhilarating and humbling, empowering and awe-inspiring, all at the same time.

The solution to this riddle, it seems, is simply to live each day immersed in the humble, quiet gratitude that derives from having been given this extraordinary gift — the gift of a soul, a spirit, a body — the gift of Consciousness, the gift of Life.  Strive also, however, to live each day tapped into the vastness of your deep, infinite spiritual Being, channeling this pure, immense source of energy into making yourself a conduit of light, wonder, compassion, and Love.