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Understanding Content

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Teacher: Rodney Smith
Date: 2003-01-06
Venue: Seattle Insight Meditation Center



The story of “me” is an incomplete fable. “I will be fulfilled after I…” is the logic of the mind. The “me” exists because of desire. Fulfillment never arrives because desire is future oriented and overlooks the present. This week examine what is lacking in your life. Has acquisition ever ended in complete satisfaction? Turn toward the longing itself, the need to have or be more than you are now. Feel it in your body and how it plays into your mental scripts of dissatisfaction or inadequacy. Do not allow your story to justify the sense of incompleteness. Stop the future search in its tracks by saying, “Let contentment be found here and now in the middle of longing, not in its absence.”

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