I’m exploring the concept of the intense desire I often feel for things that I don’t necessarily need. For me, it’s important to understand the root of these hankerings.
In Buddhist philosophy, it’s said that “Desire is the cause of all suffering.” This means that when we become attached to external things, we often experience pain, anxiety, or dissatisfaction.
But, experiencing desires is also a natural part of the human experience. So I think it’s okay to want things. It’s when these wants become an obsession or a source of distress that I pause and reflect.
It helps to take a moment every day to practice self-compassion and gratitude for the things I already have. Instead of focusing on the lack, I can focus on what I have and appreciate those things. Cultivating this sense of contentment, enables me to let go of those hankerings causing stress and anxiety.