Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Antidote for the More Syndrome

The human psyche functions as friend and enemy simultaneously. The most obvious fact: positive and negative thought-emotions form the seed of an action that generates karmic repercussions. For example, someone feeds and pets his dog Spike as he were a beloved child. Thus, Spike follows owner everywhere and wags his tail when he smells or hears his human coming near. Or, poor Spike gets a kick and a loud curse and feeds on slops. That poor creature will slink away in fear at the very sight of the abuser. Reaction follows action.

On a more subtle level, the mental addiction for more becomes a center of gravity that pulls one into deeper and deeper levels of dissatisfaction. This propensity of the mind can lead to minor and major scenarios that form a giant multi-level layer cake of toxicity.

And then we wonder why we don't have the love we desire, or better housing, or nicer clothes, or more friends, or a better car, or more invitations, or more compliments, or a better job, or the money to shop at Whole Foods.

Going through life with one's nose pressed to the glass seems like a horrible way to pass time from birth to death. What ameliorates this deadly attitude is the cultivation of gratitude. The real bottom line is loving the breath as it goes in and out of our bodies like the tides of the ocean, no matter what -- even as we may press for greater human freedoms and equality.

While there is life, there is hope. And with gratitude as the foundation, the breath forms the wings that carry within it the deepest satisfaction.

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