To want what we don't have.
Yearning. Rumination. Fantasy.
Our human plight.
Our self-inflicted suffering.
And, when we get what we long for it becomes stale and obsolete.
Without pause, the longing begins again.
What if it's not what we have that becomes stale and obsolete but ourselves? What if it is us that has become stagnant? How do we remedy apathy?
There is no fantasy or elixir to save you from yourself.
How will you distinguish dream from delusion? When is the promise of fulfillment chicanery?
Can you face your hunger without eating? Feel your itch without scratching?
Can you forgo the stopgap and instead shine a light on the fraud that promises comfort? Can you hold the magic potion without drinking?
What might you find if you abstain from your craving?
What you long for, what promises fulfillment, warrants a second glance. Illuminate your mirage and expose what you hope to conceal.
There is peace in knowing.
How long can you sit alone with yourself? How long can you do nothing except be with only you? How well can you observe your thoughts, sensations, and feelings without getting swept away by them? How long can you sit within your inner world before you reach for your phone, computer, project, book, pet, partner, or other distraction? How long until being with just yourself isn't enough?
How long until you distract yourself with a story that makes you angry, sad, or worrisome? How long until you HAVE to do something about the story that's overtaking your ability to be with yourself? The story that convinces you that just noticing your thoughts and feelings is uncomfortable. The story that propels you to do something to assuage the discomfort YOUR mind has created?
What is it about you that you can't be with? And if you can't be with you, how will anyone else?
What if you could be with yourself without distraction? How might you be different if observing your experiences without judgment was possible; not longing for what you don't have or what others owe you, no expectations of self or other?
Now I'd like you to consider asking yourself this one question: What if I am enough?
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