Have you ever craved for one thing so badly that you could taste it, and your pursuit of it consumed your soul? Remember how delirious you were when it was finally in your grasp, but did that feeling remain?
We have all felt this way. It is part of being human.
We want to be happy, and early in life we equate comfort and pleasure with happiness. This is one of the great confusions – to mistake hedonism for happiness.
When what we have sought is in our hands, we may feel satisfied and enjoy it for a time as long as it brings us pleasure. Rarely does this bring fulfillment. We may then seek to fill the void in the soul with the pursuit of another pleasure.
We can repeat this cycle of confusion throughout a lifetime and never experience profound happiness.
This happens in relationships. Many feel the greatest pleasure in the pursuit and delirium of falling in love but when the romance and chemistry wane, we may feel disillusioned.
We seek a better job, feel excited when we land it but become cynical when it becomes routine or not what we had hoped for. We look for something better.
We obsess about the latest smart phone, iPad or car, enjoy it while it is hot and new, but soon our satisfaction fades. We save and crave for what comes next.
Hunger is like this as is sex.
We may start to see that life can be an endless cycle of craving, pursuit, consumption and emptiness. We can binge and purge until the day we die, and never feel satisfied.
Next: So how do we step off this train?