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Running the Path to Happiness in Integral Sneakers

Deborah B.
San Rafael, CA
Running the Path to Happiness in Integral Sneakers 
Ken Wilber Meetup
Monday, February 21st -- 7 pm
TRS Professional Suites, 44 East 32nd (between Park & Madison), Manhattan
$5 donation

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­Are you looking for happiness? Is the pursuit of happiness an "unalienable right," as the US Declaration of Independence proclaims? The long list of thinkers who have contemplated this issue and the impressive number of books published on the topic leave little doubt that finding happiness is a major concern. Still, we are often at a loss in describing what happiness really means and how to achieve it. What’s more, happiness comes in different flavors and forms for different people. Happiness appears to be another one of those slippery concepts that we use continuously, pretending we all know and agree what it entails. What is happiness and how can we find it?

Specifically, what is happiness from an integral standpoint? The strength of the Integral paradigm resides in its ability to hold multiple perspectives simultaneously, recognizing each perspective as an essential fragment of a complex (even if relative) truth. In effect, any Integral inquiry on happiness requires first laying out what happiness represents from at least four primordial perspectives: interior/personal, historical/cultural, social/relational, and material (body and life conditions). Are there requirements for happiness—causes and reasons? Alternatively, is happiness an emotion, a state, or a way of being that can be reached independently of life circumstances? How is happiness connected to other so-called “positive” feelings, such as pleasure, self-esteem, contentment, joy, and love? Can happiness co-exist with authentic empathic feelings for the suffering of others? Can or must happiness be selfish?

Are people functioning at an Integral level of psycho-cultural development happy—or at least happier? 

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