Meditation on Desire – Part 2

Desires can be categorized into positive desires and negative desires, but they can also be approached from another perspective.

Desires can be distinguished between genuine desires originating from within oneself and false desires flowing in from external sources.

An example of false desires could be the societal desires that individuals acquire consciously and unconsciously while being born and growing up.

Many often believe these societal desires, formed by collective unconscious, to be their genuine desires and dedicate their lives to fulfilling them.

When unable to fulfill these desires, individuals often experience frustration and anguish.

Even if desires are fulfilled, they may still experience emptiness and dissatisfaction.

As a result, they generate new desires and pursue them once again.

Such desires that do not originate from within oneself tend to be short-lived, and ultimately lead to wandering, even if fulfilled.

What then, does one’s true genuine desire refer to?

It can vary based on individual values and preferences, but I would like to highlight two main aspects: the cessation of suffering and the discovery of one’s true nature.

The cessation of suffering will ultimately lead to the experience of happiness, while the discovery of one’s true nature will lead to a positive outlook on life accompanied by a sense of fulfillment.

And through meditation, by observing and examining my constantly changing desires, I will eventually discover the genuine desires originating from within myself.

Ultimately, the fulfillment of true desires is achieved through meditation.

(Continued in Part 3)


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