What is the purpose of this blog? Where do I want to go with it? What could I offer that would be of the most value to you? How can I help you find greater meaning and happiness and meet the vagaries of your life more effectively?
I've been thinking about these questions, and came up with 8 guiding principles that I would like to share with you. If you have any thoughts on these please do share them with me.
1. I would like the Happy Seeker to be a place where you can come and be at peace.
2. My purpose is to remind you of the timeless peace and happiness at the core of your being.
3. I want to encourage a sense of community based in the qualities I have found to be critical in my own life: qualities such as compassion, respect, courage, and integrity.
4. Any time I write something in this blog I want it to be true -- that is to say, I want the words to be born of my own experience and the stillness and peace of my own being.
5. I want to reach out to people of every nation and culture because we are all part of one inconceivably beautiful Whole -- and each of us has a vital contribution to make to the well-being of that Whole.
6. I want to help you find happiness -- authentic happiness that does not come and go but is with you always.
7. If you are in despair, I want to help you come to a place where you see and feel the joy that exists on the other side of "the dark night of the soul."
8. I want to help you fulfill the unique destiny that is yours.
Talking about my blog, you’ll be seeing some changes in the next few weeks. I'm upgrading to the Thesis theme, which I hope will make for a cleaner, more attractive look and improved function.
Also, in a couple weeks or so I will offer my new e-book, The Wisdom of Serenity: Reclaiming Authentic Happiness, as a free download.
Jonathan Mead, who read the book when it was in draft form, had this to say about The Wisdom of Serenity: "Beautifully written... the way you weave in your own experiences and stories and offer encouragement to others makes this sure to help people."
This will be my seventh book. I look forward to sharing it with you, and hope that it will indeed be a help to you and give you fresh inspiration and courage as you meet the challenges of your life.
That's it for now. As I say, feedback on the above will be most welcome. We live in troubled times, it's true -- but times filled with extraordinary opportunity and potential.