Hitchcock defines happiness as being able to pursue the creative without having to cope with the negative and destructive. I find this a wonderful definition.
I am also reminded of a statement by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who introduced Transcendental Meditation to the world.
He said that even an enlightened individual can be influenced by the suffering of others--not overcome, but influenced. His analogy was that someone can be in the sunshine, and then the sun is dimmed by a cloud. The sun is still fully there, but its influence seems to be lessened. In that way, one totally full inside can be aware of the suffering of others--and I believe this is why so many people who are living obviously integrated lives of self-actualization use their creativity and energy to help others.
May we all live to spread the sunshine.
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