Material Suffering

I was born November 1983. Grew up, went to school and learnt many lessons in Harrow. Living in England (you can include any of the Western countries) I have had, so to say, a kingly upbringing. 

Not kingly in the sense of Princes Harry, William and the baby royals, but kingly in what the modern western world has to offer. Every night of my life I have had a warm meal, a roof over my head, warmth and safety. Many of you reading this will have experienced the exact same, if not very similar thing. 

There are too many countries to number who do not have the luxury of these things. Many of the inhabitants of these countries still find reasons to be happy in life. 

What is the requirement for happiness? What is your requirement? 

It most certainly is not the collection of material possesions, only to replace newly acquired stuff simply because there is a new model. There has never been as much relative material wealth in the world as there is today, but yet there has never been as much depression and anxiety. 

Surely the above goes to prove that being rich and owning many possesions is not a requirement to being happy. In fact it is often a hindrance to happy days. 

Jesus tells us: ‘it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than it is for a rich man to acquire the kingdom of Heaven’. 

So what is the requirement for your happiness? Ask the question inwardly. Whatever it is you come to, ask yourself can it come of itself, or does it depend on something external; someone or something? 

This will be a personal process to each of you. In my next blog I will talk about the practice of gratitude. This can be very helpful in finding peace and happiness in all your days. Those following an Abrahamic faith (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) will be familiar with the phrase “Peace be with you” or some variation of these words. Let us look to come into the possession of this peace which all mystics have spoken of. 

My reasons for sharing this with you are twofold. Firstly, I attended a lecture where the speaker made it very clear (far clearer than I am able) that we have never had so much in life, yet we have never been so miserable and depressed. Secondly, some friends of mine recently visited El Savador to deleliver some missionary aid to some locals. Seeing the pictures they took of some of the living conditions they have to suffer, literally, a garden shed would be a welcome upgrade for many of those living in El Savador. 

Yet, among the pictures were smiling children, so pleased to have recieved a simple wooden toy. Smiling parents overjoyed at their child’s new found happiness. 

These two impressions together caused me to create this blog, so that at the very least you can be happy for what you have around you today. If we could all be grateful every day of our lives, we would be fulfilled! 

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