someone asked you today what you wanted more than
anything else in life, what would you say to them?
In this section ISHV will not only
explore the good life, but more importantly how to
obtain and maintain it. Throughout history there have
been all sorts of notions as to how we can achieve the
two prime goals in human existence (and the answer most
often given to the question above) -
happiness and inner peace.
Can we find this inner Shangri-La
through Jesus, Allah, Yahweh, Scientology, Hedonism,
Asceticism, Atheism, No-ism?
These we believe are the most
important questions humankind can attempt to answer.
Equally important is how we can become better role
models and teachers for our children in their quest for
a better life.
Two major areas will be the foundation
for this section:
The cerebral area will largely come
from the rational and scientific base of the Cognitive
Behavioral approaches to mental health and well-being.
The grandfather of these approaches was Dr. Albert
Ellis, a pioneer who broke from the shackles of
psychoanalysis and Freud to create the third major
movement in psychology. He called his
reason/scientific-based approach Rational Emotive
Behavior Therapy or Theory (REBT).
The experiential area will largely
come from studies on mindfulness and from Zen. In a
brief but very incomplete sense, Zen is a finger
pointing at the human mind and reality. It is the
reality of every moment “as it is” -- from the micro to
the macro, from the tiniest subatomic particle to
galaxies circulating the universe. This helps us put our
problems and plights into a proper perspective. It also
humbles us and helps us to see that ultimately the only
authority anyone or anything has (including religion and
science) is because of the power we give them. Combining
these two wisdom-based approaches to epistemology may
help us attain a sense of more freedom -- freedom
that would allow us to pause and to choose our actions
When we “react” to others from a set
of fixed beliefs, perhaps mired in a world of delusion
and illusion and acting more like automatons, we
compromise our freedom to make more honorable choices.
With less control over the choices we make, our actions
may originate from the less civilized human traits of
ill will, greed, anger, hostility and intolerance. We
may regard others who don’t hold our views or beliefs as
our adversaries, and immoral behavior based in anger may
When the actions we initiate come from
a center of goodwill, empathy and compassion toward
others, it would put us in a better position to create a
morality that can be taught from generation to
Our overall goal is freedom,
freeing the mind of the habits that create suffering and
disturbance. We welcome your interest and involvement in
ISHV. If you would like to make a comment, complaint,
suggestion, or if you would like to present an article
for possible consideration to Rational Living, please
contact Vincent E. Parr, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist,
at 5633 Oakland Dr., Tampa FL 33617 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.