Ending the Dance of Desire

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.

© 2011 Bev Forsman and Letters from Emptiness. If you share this material, please include direction to the original content. Thank you.

4 thoughts on “Ending the Dance of Desire

    • suvinita says:

      Thanks for the LIKE Jake! I’m glad you appreciate my writing.

      I’m not sure what you are trying to express in your response, so I will say that, yes, there is no one else who is responsible for our decisions. Living with that truth can inform our actions. The decision to act on personal desires dissolves naturally when we get a true sense of the pain enmeshed in the attainment of those fleeting desires. (When we arrange our lives so that we get what we want, how do those actions affect others? Does the pleasure we enjoy last?) We might think it’s a challenge to choose not to act selfishly, but it really isn’t. When we see that suffering is inherent to greed, it is not necessary to decide not to act on desires of the self. The only wanting is to be in accord with what is. Poof! Selfish desire has vanished.

      peace

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  1. awarenessishere says:

    Hello Bev, I am enjoying finding you here, now. I woke up six weeks ago from the dance of desire, not from exhaustion, but boredom! I invite you to check out my blog, theawakeneddreamer. Hugs. Lori Ann (newly awake, freshly hatched awareness)

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    • suvinita says:

      Dear Lori Ann,

      Thank you for your visit to Letters from Emptiness. I hope in your journey, you find compassion within each awakening to the most subtle and myriad held formulas.

      peace
      bev

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