Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Wednesday: April 19, Want What you Want

The Buddha says: desire brings about suffering. Or maybe not the Buddha, but somebody says that. And it’s usually true, unless you add one magical ingredient. Non-attachment to the end result. What does that mean?

You want something. You ask for it. Ask your partner to give you praise. Ask your boss to give you a raise. Ask the universe to discover the secret to the Maze. And then, you get it, or you don’t get it.

The goal is to be clear about what you want and make gestures in that direction. Then to keep being present to what happens. You get the praise, not the raise, still confused about the Maze.

Oh, well. We can be amazed at the maze, and just a little lazy about believing the part of us that wants to have a big old fit if we don’t get our way.


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