“4 Fundamental Desires That Fuel The 3 Enemies – Part II”


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“Energy Crisis!” … (Photo credit: Toban B.)

Desire to Create & Desire to Experience

  • A comfortable lifestyle
  • A safe and secure future
  • Fun
  • Pleasure etc.,

Translated as physical manifestations, these two desires equate to Money and Energy.  You need money and energy to Create and to Experience.  This is what drives you to work and earn.

Now,  that desire in itself is quite noble because you don’t strive to create and experience all that just for yourself but your loved ones as well.

But when these two desires drive you constantly, incessantly and continuously, then they are prime sources for the cause of worry – don’t you think?

Excessive spending (consumerism) in the hope that somehow it creates comfort, safety, security, fun, pleasure etc.,  =  Waste of money and Waste of energy.

How do you put a Ceiling on Desire to Create &  Desire to Experience?

Do you need so much of……………., so many of…………….( You can fill in the blanks)

Do you have to keep up with what your friends have?

Are you conned by the media that unless you have X, Y, Z, you are not complete?

More = Clutter = Maintenance = Money = Energy = Worry.

Can you not have just enough of everything?

I know ‘enough’ is subjective and relative but you do know what I am talking about.

Enough shoes, enough clothes, enough stuff, enough as you are

Etc., Etc.,

How does putting a Ceiling on Desire on Money and Energy help?

It saves you money because you are not accumulating and consuming more than necessary

It saves your physical energy when excessive shopping is reduced

It saves your mental energy spent in deciding what to buy

It saves Mental and Emotional energy at the thought of storing, maintaining the stuff

It stops you from worrying as you don’t have to work so hard to keep up, nor do you have to worry about paying for things you can’t afford

It stops you from fear that you will lose

Most importantly, you will be living in the present, content with what you have

Money and energy are two powerful resources you have at your disposal.  A Ceiling on Desire on how you spend these two precious resources will result in a life that is much more balanced, centered and in the now.

The worry in the drive to create experiences, the worry that you may not be safe if you don’t have enough, will minimize immensely if you learn to live in the now, not at a future moment always.  Living in the now frees our energy.

Ceiling on Desire on Money & Energy = Contentment & Satisfaction

What do you do with all the saved money and energy?

You help others.

You find satisfaction through contribution and your longevity increases as a result.

How are you going to put this into practice?  

If you want to get ideas on how to minimize,  visit this comprehensive blog (my favorite) at http://www.zenhabits.net, particularly this post on scarcity

What areas of expending money and energy are you going to put a ceiling on?  Please leave your comments.  Love to hear from you

With Love and Respect
Padma Ayyagari

About Padma Ayyagari

I am a Human Values Activist, passionate about and trying to live steeped in Spirituality. I live with the knowledge that Love is the undercurrent of all human life. I believe in Unity of Faiths, Unity in diversity and try and live my life with unity in thought, word and deed. Helping others to lead a life of practical spirituality that will give peace of mind is my passion and life purpose.
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