something greater than desire

“Paulo Coelho once quoted that it takes a huge effort to free yourself from memory. This desire to have wished that your past was different, that people had treated you the way you deserved to be treated, that you should have been loved differently, taken more seriously, been acknowledged, been accepted, been respected – all this suffering we feel is desire, not pain. These memories shape our souls into the people we are, and our wish to have had something different is little more than a need for our self pity. We suffer because we believe we have a right to a better life, but if we incarcerate ourselves with these memories and thoughts, what kind of a life are we truly giving ourselves? Your desire for something better can be achieved by forgiving those negative thoughts. What hurts us is quite often what heals us. In this world, we all suffer, but if you are able to free yourself from those memories, then you are able to achieve something greater than desire. You achieve peace.”-via Hey Fran Hey

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7 thoughts on “something greater than desire

  1. Amen! This is such a great way to think about the past. A friend told me once that desire, our constant drive for more, better, other, is an evolutionary thing… it’s what propels the human race forward and keeps us surviving and thriving. It made me feel better to know that this feeling has a function and isn’t just ugly discontent. I think as long as we’re moving forward and not just looking back, we can use memory to propel us into kindness and achievement, instead of just bogging down in misery.

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