We all have a list, it’s a collective-cultural list:
Not enough: time, money, health, love, sex…
To much: work, fat, information, emotion…
We pick and choose buffet style, if it’s not enough it’s too much.
How do we cultivate an experience of “enough” authentically, sincerely, not just “fake it till you make it”, but a genuine sense of satisfaction?
Here’s an example from my inner world…
I recently “dipped in” to explore the corner stone beliefs I hold that keep me from feeling satisfied. My sense of dis-satisfaction pivots around my desire for growth and expansion. I am consistently seeking expansion and I crave learning more about the world through my experience of it. At what point is my craving for more impinging my pleasure for what is? When am I satisfied?
My craving for more understanding of myself allows for more understanding of the way I experience the world, and in turn expands “my world”. This is unending and so exciting and compelling that I can get caught in the quest for more, addicted to growth and expansion. When is it enough? When am I satisfied?
This expansive energy can carry over into every aspect of my life and lend itself to a restlessness. If I stop seeking will I stop growing?
This was the fear that unconsciously drove my restless quest. My answer is, no. My expansion and curiosity are generated by something other that my restless dis-satisfaction. I’m coming to learn that the growth and expansion of my consciousness are inevitable, no yearning required. Satisfaction amplifies the sense of pleasure, grace and gratitude –waaaaay more fun than restless. The affirmation that permeates my perspective these days is “This is enough. I am satisfied.”
If you find yourself feeling restless and dissatisfied in any aspect of your life I invite you to find some aspect of your life that is satisfying.
It may occur as a tiny little portion compared to the mountain of restless dissatisfaction, but the more you focus on the aspect that is satisfied the more it grows. Paradoxically, we can fulfill desire through focused satisfaction.
Satisfaction becomes the epicenter; it is the catalyst for the transformation you desire. Cheers to exploring the Art of Enough!