Desire is a funny thing. It can range from a slight want to an all consuming obsession.
But it’s always in our head. And our minds can play tricks on us.
Think about a time when you’ve wanted something so bad and finally got it. It wasn’t exactly what you thought it’d be was it?
For example, I really wanted another dog. I mean really wanted one. The desire almost took on a life of its own- keeping me awake at night, scrolling through photos of shelter dogs in need. Eventually, I got another dog. But I forgot about the totality of what this means. Housebreaking, chewing, barking. Sure, it’s great having another dog, but there are drawbacks to it, as well.
There always are. For everything you gain, you lose something else. And we tend to forget this when consumed by desire. We forget to look at the totality of the picture and how our want fits into that.
I think it’s important to remind ourselves of this whenever we begin to feeling the aching of desire. We can never see the whole picture but we can do our best to look at our wants through a larger lens.
Most importantly, we should be grateful for what we already have and remember that what we have right now, is all we really need.
I think I know why people are uncomfortable with stillness; being alone with the quiet of their mind.
What will my thoughts be? Will I be sad? Judgmental? Angry? Hateful? What if I am tormented by my racing mind? The inevitable underlying fear behind it all remains: Who am I?
But you are not your thoughts. Nor are you your feelings. If you can grasp this truth, you can learn to separate your self from your mind. The freedom that arises from this sort of separation will change your life. You will find that your thoughts are nothing to fear afterall. And more importantly, you will learn the healing power of stillness and the truth about how amazing you are, and have been all along.
May all that we do begin with the intention to be open, flexible, and kind.
Then, may be proceed with the inquisitive mind of a child.
If the “human mind is the most deceitful of all things” (Jeremiah 17:9), then perception is the great deception.
“the area dividing the brain and the soul
is affected in many ways by
some lose all mind and become soul:
some lose all soul and become mind:
some lose both and become:
Two minds are always better than one. Never underestimate the power of collaboration.