Cultivating Contentment: How Simplicity and a Spacious Heart Lead to Happiness

The existence I most covet is a rustic existence akin to that of Thoreau. Should one’s heart remain unadorned, the world shall unfold in simplicity; should one’s intellect become labyrinthine, life shall unravel in complexity.

Individuals invariably incline towards intricacy, even opulence, in their lives. Sociological inquiries have revealed that beyond the realms of sustenance and attire, felicity is scarcely influenced by material circumstances. To elucidate, opulent material circumstances do not inherently beget happiness, nor do straitened material circumstances. The travails of impoverished and modest couples lie beneath the threshold of sustenance and attire; once this line is traversed, the two are estranged. In the pursuit of augmenting happiness, why persist in amassing wealth and procuring luxuries until financial attainment supplants life’s purpose?

Thoreau tilled his own sustenance on the banks of Walden Pond, leading a bucolic existence in the woodlands. His life was markedly serene. He even advocated for the abolishment of the six-day workweek (as per Christian conventions), proposing labor for six consecutive days with one day of respite. His echelon of contentment assuredly surpassed that of individuals toiling incessantly, accumulating copious wealth. I am confident in this assertion.

Psychologically, individuals habitually convolute their ruminations, engrossing themselves in contemplation and fret. The objective of all meditation and introspection is to purge one’s ruminations, thereby gravitating infinitely towards simplicity and vacuity. This is because the more unembellished and uncluttered the mind, the tranquiler the human heart, drawing nearer to existence itself. Only by relinquishing the ceaseless tribulations of daily life—devoid of concern, apprehension, entanglement, or calculation—can individuals attain a state of serenity, unencumbered, completeness, and felicity, attaining enlightenment into their own existence, comprehending all within the world, and experiencing an ethereal sensation. It feels akin to a feather drifting in the cosmic zephyr, adapting to circumstances, adhering to regulations without transgression. Though Confucius posits that this state is unattainable until the age of seventy, would it not be preferable to expedite this state through practice?

Strive to elect a modest material life and a pristine spiritual life. I deem this not merely the optimal method for preserving health, but also the sole method for cultivating one’s existence and attaining a noble stature.

Indeed, if one’s heart is capacious, their world shall likewise be vast. Should their heart encompass the cosmos, the realm they traverse shall be as vast as the universe itself; should their heart confine to the immediate vicinity, their sphere of activity shall be constrained.

This conundrum primarily pertains to the interplay between the subjective and objective worlds. An individual’s existence hinges significantly upon their position within the universe. Should one daringly and aptly situate their existence within the cosmos, truly regarding themselves as a grain of sand on the shore or a droplet in the ocean, then they shall be emancipated from all existential troubles, for a grain of sand or a droplet are inconsequential concerns. Individuals shall not suffer from despondency, nor shall they descend into madness akin to Nietzsche.

This conundrum secondarily pertains to birth and ingress into the world. Should an individual be excessively worldly, their psyche shall be confined to the immediate vicinity. Mundane riches, power, and renown shall allure them, entwining them in myriad trivialities, whilst exhilaration and vanity goad them towards hasty triumph. Solely when individuals possess a transcendent psyche can they shed all worldly troubles and vanities, living unrestrainedly and unshackled.

Ultimately, this conundrum is tied to individuals’ disposition. Should one possess a magnanimous heart, their disposition shall be amiable; should one possess a meager heart, their disposition shall be morose. Should one’s heart be expansive and cheerful, the world shall appear simple, lucid, and resplendent in their eyes; should one’s heart be petty and constricted, the world shall appear paltry, sullied, and unsightly. The universe is indifferent, silent; the world is rough, ruthless; life is fleeting, diminutive. Should one’s heart fail to expand, their disposition shall darken, their mood shall plummet, their existence shall dwindle into insignificance. Only by enlarging one’s heart can true happiness be attained.

In summation, I aspire to possess a generous heart capable of encompassing the entirety of the universe and life.

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