What is happiness?
Imagine living on a remote island inhabited by only a few people, it’s a beautiful place where you were born and where you and your family grew up. All you have known is what you have learned on this island, disconnected from the outside world. Your parents raised you in a small wooden house they built themselves, near to the sea, feeding you on the fruits of the land. Your days are filled with exploration, helpful chores and entertainment created by your own hands or alongside your parents and friends. As there are no consumer goods on the island, there is little in the way of trade. You may swap some eggs your chickens have laid for some fish from a fellow villager or you may use your dexterity to assist them in return for help from them, but otherwise you are free from the constraints that ‘trade’ brings.
Imagine your relationship with happiness on the island, what would trigger you to be full of joy, and what would give you a calm mind? Would it be the sun warming your back or the rain that helped your crops grow? Would it be the face of your mother making your food, your father teaching you to fish or would it simply be the feeling of peace that your days are filled with life and presence? Or, would it be all of these things? If you knew no better, and had never experienced the trappings of modern life, would the joy you felt be any different from the joy we seek in the world we live in today?
We often lose sight of what is important, what brings us joy and what brings us peace and happiness. We are fed endless messages from big corporations, food companies telling us that their burger will fill our bellies and make us happy, alcohol brands that their beer is cold, crisp and will refresh our soul. We are told by huge carbon producing car companies that their new model they are selling will make us stand out, make heads turn and feel better about ourselves.
Our children are spending hours a day watching videos delivered by ‘influencers’, boys and girls that know best, that can help our children live better, win better and look better. All the time being paid by corporations to promote their product, straight into the eyes of the child watching.
We live in a world of competition, of the ‘Hustle’, TV programmes filled with messages about being better than everyone else, about winning is the only way and that losing sucks. The best get the best, they drive the best cars, wear the best watch and wear the best clothes. Second place is for losers. The music we listen to is about money, drugs, sex and guns, we try to fit in by being in ‘their gang’ because their gang is safe, and we like to be safe. We live in a world where happiness is bought by money. You don’t have money, you don’t have happiness.
The person living on the island is the same person living in the world today, just one is surrounded by an illusion. One is a slave to the concrete jungle where one is unblemished and living in the moment. Which person would you rather be?
At Zen Jungle, we are fully aware of the joy we can get in the modern world and don’t want everyone to jump into a mud hut in the woods, but also committed to helping our ‘tribe’ see the joy in everyday things. We don’t force anyone to give up the things in life they love, you want a cold beer? Go ahead, we just like you to know why you want the cold beer. We want to help as many people as possible love life again, a life that doesn’t rely on following the construct of today's world, but rather sees it for what it is and chooses wisely which bits work for them. We believe in love and peace and the power that nature brings to our lives, we help people to stop overthinking, stop digesting messages that are designed to sway them but rather observe them for what they are.
If you are feeling that modern life is taking its toll on you then we can help. We are building a community that embraces the power of now and a mind less troubled, we are on a mission to help everyone LOVE LIFE again. We’d love to see you on the journey.