We seem to participate perpetually in a dance of desire; moving away from what we don’t like and moving toward what we like. When we’re not actively moving about, we yearn for the arrival of what we want, and dread the arrival of what we don’t want. A life based upon what “we” want is suffering. No matter our background, conditioning, or history, this can be seen.
Some of us eventually become exhausted by the dance of desire, for no matter the pace, anxiety and longing fill the gap between what I want and what is. Curiosity about this discrepancy is of vital importance and is identical to the arousal of the awakening mind. This is to take up The Way or to practice Zen.
Anyone can awaken from living “The Philosophy of Satisfying Me.” With awakening, the frantic dance of desire transforms into the graceful, joyous movement of tending to what is.
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