Cancer 5° (June 25)
Some days it also seems pointless. But one must persevere: The Leo experience is hinged heavily on pleasure—fun and games, gambling, risk-taking, life as a lark, leisure, love affairs— existence being one big playground, perpetual vacation. The thing you need most to learn is the difference between passing pleasure and lasting joy. There are big Greek words for this: hedonia and eudaemonia. You know the first one as hedonism. The second speaks to true happiness, welfare, or more accurately, human flourishing and prosperity; it also carries the meaning of blessedness which nods to the fifth house of co-creation with god, that is, in living an eudaemonic life, you are aligned with the divine. Miriam Webster defines eudaemonism as “a theory that the highest ethical goal is happiness and personal well-being.” We’re down with that, and you probably are, too. Where hedonic activities give you buzz, a burst, a hit. Eudaemonic experiences address your longer-term goals and destiny, and they require sustained, consistent behavior and choices that are in line with that goal. Grab a notebook and make two columns, one for each category. Over the course of one week, take note of what you’d consider your hedonic activities and what you understand to be your eudaemonic ones. On the 8th day, tally your columns and do a little math: what percentage, loosely speaking, of your day-to-day is invested in the hedonic? 5? 10? 25? 50? There is no wrong answer. However, 10-15 % could be considered average. So long as that 10-15 % isn’t unhealthy—i.e., substance use, gambling, overspending, and other excessive or reckless behavior—you’re in the pocket of doing what contributes to the cultivation of your life purpose. Some examples of healthy hedonia are making a small, frivolous purchase, having a cookie, a glass of wine, an orgasm, etc. As for eudaemonia, the skies the limit, but it would include educating yourself, exercise, playing music or with children, cultivating your creativity, travel and investing in close relationships with a partner, family and friends.
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