Yesterday I watched the movie “The Peaceful Warrior” and was quite surprised how it described quite nicely a handful of the myriad of components of the state of Ultimate Happiness, namely living in the present without thoughts constantly polluting your mind. It’s inspired by the real life story of a highly successful, attractive and talented young athlete, Dan Millman, who seems to have everything but who is still missing something to be fulfilled, and it keeps him awake at night. He meets a mentor who teaches him the way of the peaceful warrior: to empty his mind ‘take out the trash’, to let go of his ego and start living in the moment in unreasonable happiness.
Here’s an extract from Dan’s blog:
When Dan asks “So what do I do now? Where do I go from here?”
Soc replies “Who cares? . . . A fool is ‘happy’ when his cravings are satisfied. A warrior is happy without reason. That’s what makes happiness the ultimate discipline — above all else I have taught you. Happiness is not just something you feel. . . . Feelings change, Dan. Sometimes sorrow, sometimes joy. But beneath it all remember the innate perfection of your life unfolding. That is the secret of unreasonable happiness.”
Happiness is more than just pretending to be happy as is explained in that blog page, although it may be a good band-aid solution until you learn to make the necessary fundamental changes in your biology to really change your state. And he’s right by saying that happiness is not just someting you feel, because feelings change. The emotion of happiness has never made anyone happy. I particularly like the comment about beneath it all remember the innate perfection of your life unfolding. Ultimate Happiness happens when you can physically reconnect with that truth. Ultimate Happiness is a state which results from the physical reconnection of you with the innate perfection of life.
An interesting movie to watch if you like to watch a movie with a good message.