“This Happiness” | Anthony Satori
“This happiness consisted of nothing else but the harmony of the few things around me with my own existence, a feeling of contentment and well-being that needed no changes and no intensification.”
— Hermann Hesse
A philosophy of simplicity, and the cultivation of inner/outer harmony, these are the sources of true happiness. The contented one knows that happiness is not something “out there” that needs to be chased and pursued, but rather, if one understands and internalizes the principles of simplicity and harmony, everything that is needed for happiness is right here, right now, within reach, right in our own backyard.
This does not, however, mean that the contented one does not appreciate and savor every moment of new experience, of elevated quality, of unique elegance and beauty. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Because the contented one does not need these things to be truly happy, such treasures can be openly welcomed into their world, and the greatest pleasure and value and joy can be derived from them — naturally and purely — when they arrive.
“Stained Glass” | Anthony Satori
A museum or a church? A celebration of the deep well of human creativity, or an expression of gratitude toward the mysterious universe that created us? It is remarkable how similar such expressions tend to be — how similar the imagery of temples and the imagery of museums align. Perhaps this image reveals an even deeper convergence of belief, a core awareness that when we as humans reach for our best heights of creativity and knowledge, we are, by this very means, paying our deepest respects to the Creative Spirit of the universe.
“Folded Umbrellas” | Anthony Satori
“Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night.”
— William Blake
“Hot Sauce” | Anthony Satori
There is a wall at our local fish house which displays various brands of hot sauce from around the world. It features sauces of many different flavors, styles, origins, and intensities. When I look at it, it makes me think of how the sharing of food and flavors from different regions and countries has a way of making the world a smaller place, bringing otherwise disparate people closer together, causing us to feel more connected to one another’s cultures and traditions.
If you want to understand someone better, share a meal with them. If you want to understand a place better, take the time to seek out and experience some of the local cuisine. If you want to feel closer to a specific person, cook something that is meaningful to you and enjoy it with them, and then let them do the same for you. Food can be so much more than just nutrition, so much more than just “filling up.” Food can play a very real role in both intercultural understanding and interpersonal relations, because it touches at the very heart of the human experience.
“In the Night” | Anthony Satori
“Enlightenment is always there. Small enlightenment will bring great enlightenment. If you breathe in and are aware that you are alive — that you can touch the miracle of being alive — then that is a kind of enlightenment.”
— Thich Nhat Hanh
“Loyal Heart” | Anthony Satori
“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn, is just to love and to be loved in return.”
— Eden Ahbez
“Expect Wonders” | Anthony Satori
“Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.”
— Henry David Thoreau