chasing bliss

December 17, 2010

Desire becomes addiction after you have that first little taste of something—alcohol, great sex, getting stoned—that comes so close to complete satisfaction…then you start chasing it.

The same thing happens in meditation: having that first bit of bliss, then it’s gone. You want the perfection back.

But you’re chasing something you’ve already lost. If you stay with that widening dissatisfaction and think, “Oh, yeah, of course,” then insight can begin to happen. In that gap.

– Mark Epstein, “The Merry-Go-Round of Desire”

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