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Pleasure vs. Happiness vs. Contentment - your thoughts please :-)
Hi everyone, regular reader, occasional contributor, first time poster here... Just published a blog entry today about the above, and a few people who have no interest in Buddhism or the Dharma have disagreed with my thoughts on the matter, principally that pleasure is fleeting and sensory-based (dependant on the senses), overt happiness (which we all tend to strive for on some level) is fine but a deeper sense of contentment and equanimity is surely both a more realistic and achievable goal than "happiness", with its western emphasis on getting the right car, job, partner etc. Also, a stiller sense of emotional positivity will allow the mind to be more malleable and can lead to more refined thoughts and reflections...
I'm aware that there is a happiness in contentment etc and visa versa, but I think what I was trying to convey was more about the quality, the flavour of our experience, rather than the term we use to describe it... My thoughts (well, hardly my thoughts, but you know what I mean) being that if we bring more awareness into our lives we will notice more of the little things that can lead to calmness, serenity, a deeper sense of fulfillment and greater sense of emotional positivity and wellbeing. Also, as a sufferer of chronic back pain, im not sure its possible for me to be overtly happy all the time, but I can be in pain and still live a rich life with a sense of initiative and emotional well being in spite of it :-)
Just wondering if anyone has had similar thoughts, or wants to point out new angles etc - I for one am here to learn from others, not here to be right or here to play "Rimpoche" ;-)
if you are interested in the article itself, please feel free to have a read - bout 5 min should do it.thedharma-farmer.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/is-happiness-enough-in-life.html
Sending you all so much metta and gratitude for all your contributions, perspectives and support,
Jay (The Dharma Farmer)