It’s the end of the year, and all around me people are hell-bent on finding the joy…. in the food they eat, the drinks they consume, the shopping they do and the holidays they enjoy. All fun in the moment. But then what? In a week they go back to their regular lives, all the joys spent and over. Memories stored up and feasted on until 50 more weeks have passed and it can all be re-enacted.
‘After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, love, and so on — have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear — what remains?’ Walt Whitman
What remains is the deep conviction that the joy is not in the objects. The objects simply serve as a catalyst which removes the desire that was obstructing your true nature – pure satisfaction and bliss. The trick is to remove the desire, which gives you permanent access to your true Self.
The way to remove the desire is to know, deeply know with full conviction, that the thing you desire is not going to bring permanent happiness. Stand firm in the face of the desire, refuse to indulge, and sit tight….wait for it to recede of it’s own accord. That unfulfilled desire is now weakened. Next time it arises, it will be easier to refuse to indulge.