Have you ever really thought about what you want? I mean really sat down and asked yourself what you would change if you could?
Maybe you said you want more money.
Less time at work.
More time with family.
A bigger house, better car, or fancier smartphone.
If you keep at this long enough, and wish for all the material things, what do you REALLY want?
When I did this sort of iterative practice, I realized one of the main things I really want is more calm.
More sitting with it.
Less fear and uncertainty.
So, yeah, when I really think about what I want, it is to move more easily through life.
In the sense of buddhism, more calm is less suffering. Less struggle. Less Dis-satisfaction. More calm.
Also, to be more calm as life unfolds before us, as Neil Bjorklund would say.
I wonder to what degree this is something we all want.
Underneath all the material things and the money, there is often a sense of fear or need for safety.
But I still come back to calm. Because life can be scary, fear persists, but in a calm state of mind I feel like I can handle it.
So in this Episode, I talk a bit about how we can find calm and why I think it is fairly universal. I hope you find it helpful.
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