Unhappy trying to be happy – the pursuit of happiness

buddhasal:
How can you be happy if you don’t know what unhappy is? For happiness to exist
unhappiness and discontent must exist. So there is some good in unhappiness.

Me:
It´s a very tricky thing.

From the perspective of duality you are right. We all know what discontent and
unhappiness is, that´s for sure.

The point is – as I emphasised before – once you feel discontent and misfortune you automatically strive for “happiness”. As long as dissatisfaction is the starting point of our journey to wellness, we will attract and encounter nothing but deceit and more displeasure. Can you see this?
What else can we find other than unhappiness when unhappy?

In this sense, the troublesome pursuit of happiness becomes vanity and hypocrisy…yes, imposture…- Ego craving for pleasure, eventually ego vehemently trying to escape its inherent predicament – conflict and suffering.
In this sense, the chasing of happiness becomes “important”…

Happiness becomes thus a mere futile projection, an inane and trivially stupid
pursuance for the illusion of self-aggrandisement.

Just look around at out present age and check for yourself if what I say is right…
UNHAPPY TRYING TO BE HAPPY!
Witness what dire and fatal outcome has this very quest for happiness for ourselves
and everything around us.

Now: Is happiness a projection?… An outcome, something to look or strive for?

Does happiness ever go hand in hand with discontent and unhappiness?
Is happiness to be found at the level of duality?
Does the sense of real wellness and felicity belong to “the known”?…
How can something “known”, ever become worthwhile having…?

How can effort and repetition equate well-being…?

Bottom line:

Happiness is the beloved and distinguished guest who comes uninvited the moment
we fully realize the vanity and hopelessness of the endeavour to be happy.

https://julienmatei.com/2012/12/08/think-about-this/

About julienmatei
I feel an inner urge to express what I see, to communicate and share with others all these impressions. Often the things I see are there, not yet manifest, but waiting... to be observed, talked about, and embraced. These new insights need another approach, a more vivid curiosity... Due to fear and prejudice we prefer to see only "the official" truth - but THE OFFICIAL TRUTH IS DEAD - being dead, it has nothing to give... We can continue pretending Death is fascinating or... we can take the trouble to LIVE... THE NEW has no definition yet... Again, IT requires another "perception", the courage to apprehend everything differently, from a totally new angle, with new confidence and inquisitive touch. This blog is not about interesting concepts, it is about participation... finding new solutions, inspiration, togetherness.

4 Responses to Unhappy trying to be happy – the pursuit of happiness

  1. Joy is now says:

    Happiness does sneak up unexpectedly doesn’t it? You can’t pin it down!

    • julienmatei says:

      For sure, we have no control over happiness.

      But we can still have the mastery over NOT RELYING ON UNHAPPINESS – of having the guts to disidentify from it, and embrace “Joy is Now” 🙂 and whatever makes us feel fulfilled and at peace…even if this Joy is considered “misconception” by others…

      Kram,

      Julien

  2. Pingback: To awaken, « life lived now

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