“There are two ways of being rich. One is to have all you want, the other is to be satisfied with what you have.” – Anonymous
We spend most of our lives wishing and wanting things to be different from how things are and we perpetually live in a constant state of dissatisfaction.
I’ll be happy once I get a job. I’ll be happy once I quit my job. I’ll be happy once I leave this person. I’ll be happy once we get married. The list goes on.
Perhaps the frustration and dissatisfaction that we feel is a sign to make peace with where we are.
Making peace with where we are is not a matter of resigning to the life circumstances we are in and it is not taking the lazy way out by avoidance and engaging in inaction where it is needed.
Making peace with where we are is the ability to fully be where we are in complete totality and to allow our attention and presence to be fully immersed in each moment, regardless of how much we resist or dislike our current life circumstance.
Because if we cannot be happy where we are now, we cannot be happy anywhere.
That searching in and of itself represents our own resistance to what is. It is the exact opposite of acceptance.
Acceptance is the key to contentment. It is your willingness to allow you attention and present to be here, right now, no matter what.
It is your willingness, your surrendering to the way things are right now regardless of how things show up.
The conditions that we place on our ability to be happy are always changing and it is the ego that puts them there.
When you want something in your life to change, it is a pointer, a sign that something in you needs to change.
We focus on the external and forget that the external is a reflection a manifestation of the internal.
What aspects of your life–relationships, career, health–frustrate you? Do you tell yourself that once something about those aspects changes, you will be free, you will be happy?
We can’t be present because we fear the present is not enough. We fear that we are not enough. We fear that we are not doing enough. We fear that our partners are not enough. We fear that we do not have enough.
We live in this constant state of inner deprivation, looking to our outside conditions to fill this emptiness, this insatiable hunger for more in order to feel “enough.”
So we constantly ruminate about the future and its ability to provide the fulfillment we seek, the outcome that we yearn for because now is just not enough.
We tell ourselves that fulfillment, contentment, satisfaction and enlightenment are anywhere but here but that once we achieve, attain, and become this or that, then we will have made it.
And so we are never, ever truly happy.
And so our lives becomes this constant search for that culturally defined phenomena of living the American Dream. We busy ourselves, we distract ourselves, we numb ourselves.
Fulfillment cannot be found on the level of form, because form always changes.
It is when we take a step back from looking and searching, when we surrender our thinking minds to the deep stillness and presence underneath our minds, that we feel the stillness and peace that is our true nature.
When we look abide and rest in this place of inner stillness, free of mental noise, there is a deep satisfaction there.
Isn’t it ironic that the peace and satisfaction that we search for is here all along, if only we will stop running from it, and chasing illusions that we believe will provide it?