What are we supposed to do about our desire? Are we supposed to get rid of it, eliminate it within us, subdue it or perhaps even fight against it? No, this is impossible.
We said in the last lesson that if you want to get rid of something, you must first allow it to flourish. What is desire but the wanting of something you have not yet not experienced? Therefore, by experiencing what you desire, the desire immediately fades. It changes from a fantasy or longing into something else—something real.
When we do what excites us, when we follow our passions, then desire is replaced with knowing. The frustration of wanting is replaced with the satisfaction of having experienced. Here all things are at peace.
So much of the insane behavior of this world is driven by a situation where we do not allow ourselves what we desire. We replace true desires with consumption or spiritual practices designed to deny ourselves. Yet the desire never fades and there is no peace. Better to do what excites you. Do it with love and do it fully. What you are left with is either something you want more of or not, but at least you can know that you have overcome desire.
We continue tomorrow and each day after that.