This week we will use our collective wisdom to explore the second distortion – seeking satisfaction from things, experiences, sense pleasures and relationships which inherently cannot satisfy us. The mind mistakenly believes our happiness comes from things, experiences, sense pleasures and relationships. Our things, experiences, sense pleasures and relationships do provide satisfaction but that satisfaction is fleeting and temporary. It is based upon particular causes and conditions coming together in single instance. When this happens – we are happy. The human mind then stores this information as if we can recreate this happiness again.
Over and over the mind recreates this previous moment but it is never really the same. The luster dims like the effects of coping a copy. We are left with the expectation of our previous happiness but no actual experience of it. This is suffering and as long as we seek satisfaction from conditioned phenomena we will always suffer. The mind tries to solve this dilemma by convincing us to seek satisfaction from another conditioned thing, experience, sense pleasure or relationship and we start the process all over again.
What if we could see the limitations of conditioned things? Do you think it would be possible to enjoy life and experience happiness if you knew the limitations of an experience, thing, sensation or relationship at the moment you connected with it? How often do we let the mind solve our dissatisfaction? If you experience discomfort in some way – what do you do? Do you quickly try to feel better, and if so, how does that happened? Have you ever considered the way you solve problems is the problem?
We will use our collective wisdom to answer some of these questions tomorrow night. I hope to see you there!