What is True Happiness?


Happiness is elusive. The more human beings pursue it the more it eludes us. The philosopher Immanuel Kant said people can pursue the horizon forever, but only small children think we can actually reach it. Pursuing happiness is like pursuing the horizon. The more we chase it the further it is from us.

The Buddha said that desire is the cause of all suffering. Today people desire wealth, success, power, and fame. None of these things seem to bring lasting happiness. Happiness is always fleeting. The Christian writer C.S. Lewis said “ when we moderns now look up to the stars, it is not to the firmament of angels looking kindly back, but out, endlessly out into the lonely void. “ People in the Middle Ages felt a sense of awe and enchantment at the vastness and mystery of the universe. Today with the decline in religious faith we have lost that sense of awe and enchantment. Science and technology have replaced religious faith in modern times. People have lost a sense of gratitude for being alive. Albert Einstein said “A calm and humble life will bring more happiness than the pursuit of success and the constant restlessness that comes with it. “.

Meditation helps calm your restless mind and resolves doubts and conflicts so that you will have a greater sense of peace and happiness. It will expand your consciousness so that you will have a sense of wonder and appreciation for each new day. With your expanded consciousness you will have a sense of gratitude for the miracle of life and the universe. Happiness is elusive. The more human beings pursue it the more it eludes us. The philosopher Immanuel Kant said people can pursue the horizon forever, but only small children think we can actually reach it. Pursuing happiness is like pursuing the horizon. The more we chase it the further it is from us.

The Buddha said that desire is the cause of all suffering. Today people desire wealth, success, power, and fame. None of these things seem to bring lasting happiness. Happiness is always fleeting. The Christian writer C.S. Lewis said “ when we moderns now look up to the stars, it is not to the firmament of angels looking kindly back, but out, endlessly out into the lonely void. “ People in the Middle Ages felt a sense of awe and enchantment at the vastness and mystery of the universe. Today with the decline in religious faith we have lost that sense of awe and enchantment. Science and technology have replaced religious faith in modern times. People have lost a sense of gratitude for being alive. Albert Einstein said “ a calm and humble life will bring more happiness than the pursuit of success and the constant restlessness that comes with it. “.

Meditation helps calm your restless mind and resolves doubts and conflicts so that you will have a greater sense of peace and happiness. It will expand your consciousness so that you will have a sense of wonder and appreciation for each new day. With your expanded consciousness you will have a sense of gratitude for the miracle of life and the universe.

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