Our society seems to be dedicated to the celebration of the ego and the disease of “more”. Soon everyone becomes numb to their accomplishments, and their future triumphs just encourage them to accumulate more money and power, which in turn makes then more addicted and driven for achievements.
But the cessation of all desire may not be the best answer for everyone, especially if they have children to feed. There are healthy desires such as the desire to help others and to help yourself in a positive direction. But you have to be open the to “10,000 joys and 10,000 sorrows” on an even keel. But as we discussed, the wanting mind is not the answer. If you do get fulfilled for the moment, then how soon will the desire for more money and power come back?
People seem to not want what they have, and they want what they don’t have. This is ridiculous and another fiction that you have driven onto your soul. Why not want what you have and not desire what you don’t have? When you relax your mind, there will hopefully come a point where the mind is momentarily not caught by wanting, and staying at that point is what prayer and meditation is all about.
Stop your longing for things to come to you, instead choose openness and generosity. There is the opposite of longing. And that is contentment with what you have and who you are. When you are not clouded by longing, then contentment and your integrity of your being can return. It is never what you get that makes your happiness last (the happiness is transitory), rather it is who you are and what you give to others that determine it.
A mind unclouded by longing should see the other 7 deadly sins fall away all together because all those sins are related. Greed, hate, rage, will all disappear and generosity, harmony and calmness will take their places. Covetousness and ambition will fall away, and creativeness, gratefulness, grace, and beauty will fill the void that the sins left behind. When you shine love, you will see that there is real treasure in your chest. So keep your heart in wisdom, which radiates kindness and compassion. Let others keep their ambition and longing, step back and just become a witness to the doing work of God and the Universe.
There was another story of a man whose compassion extended even to animals. When a big storm washed tens of thousands of starfish onto the sea shore, he went out one morning and began to throw them back into the sea, one at a time. When another man taking his morning walk passed him, he uttered, “What good can you do by throwing a starfish back into the ocean? What you are doing cannot matter. There are thousands of them.” And to which the old man replied as he picked up and threw another back into the ocean, “Well, it mattered to that one.”