CAN I DO IT AGAIN?
WHO DO I THINK I AM?
WHY AM I NEVER SATISFIED?
I HAVE TO BE RIGHT?
I HAVE TO BE SEEN?
I HAVE TO BE HEARD?
These are all signs of CHRONIC DISSATISFACTION
We are unsatisfied because we always want more!
When is enough....enough?
Basically, this is a conversation about stuff. Not just material stuff, but all sorts of stuff - intellectual, emotional, social, etc. - all of our human stuff. When we collect some stuff, we, quite naturally, want more stuff. It is this desire for more that traps us in our own dissatisfaction, because we are always grasping for that more-ness. Quite a conundrum isn't it, as the American Way is, after all, all about bigger, better, stronger, faster, yes?
The problem isn't really the stuff. It's the desire for the stuff, and the anxiety that desire provokes when unmet, creating the dissatisfaction. But how do you get rid of your desire? Even the Dalai Lama agrees that we can't divest ourselves of our desires because, in that, we desire to be desireless. So, it's not about the getting rid of desire, but applying that desire mindfully and with skillful means.