Contentment

Ease into a new way of being

"In contentment and joy are found the height and perfection of all love towards our neighbor." - William Ames

 

Eudaimonia is a Greek word that refers to a state of having a good indwelling spirit or being in a contented state of being healthy, happy and prosperous.

According to psychology professor Carol Ryff, this state of well-being consists of six components.

  • self-acceptance (positive evaluation of oneself and one’s life),
  • personal growth,
  • purpose in life,
  • positive relations with others,
  • environmental mastery (the capacity to effectively manage one’s life and the surrounding environment),
  • and autonomy.

Contentment feels like ease. It's like gently paddling along on the River of Life in a kayak, accepting every moment as it happens. It's lovely to feel gently carried forward without having to put so much effort in. This is what it feels like to be in a state of flow.

It feels good.

Contentment is when you're in a state of just being. There is no need to do, no need to strive or achieve. It feels as gentle as slipping into a warm bubble bath.

It might sound selfish, but reaching a state of contentment helps others, too. When you're happy with yourself and your own life, it's easy to feel happy for others and to support them and their growth. So here's a new word for you: firgun.

Firgun, according to Wikipedia, "is an informal modern Hebrew term and concept in Israeli culture, which describes genuine, unselfish delight or pride in the accomplishment of the other."

Imagine if everyone in the entire world were at peace within themselves? We would take delight in the good things that happen to others and would make the world a better place for everyone. There would be no more bullying, no more criticism or dragging each other down.

“Peace of mind produces right values, right values produce right thoughts. Right thoughts produce right actions and right actions produce work which will be a material reflection for others to see of the serenity at the center of it all.” ― Robert M. Pirsig