Do you ever feel discontent or not content with what you have or what you don't have? When I do, it feels like an itch that needs scratching, like a mozzie bite. The mozzie bite of discontent tells me I need to scratch it to make it go away. But, when I do scratch it, the itch gets worse. This itch of discontent happens when I have a desire for something I want or an aversion to something that I do not want. This is like a grasping to or a pushing away of others, things or experiences.
Lets take material things first. Materialism is defined as 'the tendency to consider material possessions and physical comfort as more important than spiritual values'. Materialism and its promotion, in the form of advertising, intensifies the itch of grasping at getting things we think we need to make us content. Things like new shoes, clothes, car, i-whatever or relationships. We get the new i-whatever and of course the itch of discontent does not go away because it comes back as a new want - the now latest i-whatever.
I can recall being really itchy, with lots of wants. The feeling of 'if only I had X (new jeans, shoes, i-phone, or relationship) then I would be happy. This feeling of discontentment breeds many unhealthy, unhelpful habits, including...
The cure for our discontentment is simply to be content and some things that help me remember to be content are..
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