TEACHER: Jeff Warren and a kid named Simon
THEME: Happiness
INTERACTIVE: How to Draw Like a Kid

Jeff: The word happiness is taking a beating these days. I’m not sure why. I think people feel the concept is unrealistic. Some wag their fingers at an implication of selfish surface pleasure-seeking at the expense of addressing real world problems. Personally, I prefer the world fulfillment. In the contemplative way of thinking, the more clear and fulfilled we are, the greater our capacity to help others. In this episode of the CEC, we’ll explore happiness from two directions. Direction one will be in sitting meditation, where we will investigate what comes between us and a naturally clear and easeful state of mind using a new meditation I like to call The Love Tap. For part two, I’m trying to convince my 11-year-old godson Simon to join, so he can re-teach us how to draw like a happily absorbed and unselfconscious kiddo. As inspiration, here is something I read on the internet by an art professor: “When my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day what I did at work. I told her I worked at the college – that my job was to teach people how to draw. She stared back at me, incredulous, and said, “You mean they forget?””