Mindfulness and Desire
In my practice I an exploring the mindfulness of desire, and how when I approach desire w/ an open mindful attitude it deepens my self awareness. I have learned when I try to ignore a desire it becomes a craving. When I approach the desire w/ an open mind; when I attempt to understand its allure in my life, and when I neither judge nor act on the desire it no longer holds the power of craving. There are things that I have been led to believe that I need or want. A craving develops when I feel I cannot get this thing (whatever it is). It is only when I explore it mindfully that its attraction lessens. I am able to explore the craving from the place of an observer, and to eventually move into a relationship that is absent of craving and clinging. Clinging is a result of craving; and craving occurs when I misunderstand or attempt to ignore desire.
There are a few enterprising projects here, where I live. Short Mindfulness meditation programmes are being 'bought-in' by a few forward-thinking schools to help exam-stressed 17 -18 year olds. I think this is encouraging. In the future these kids will become the next teachers, lawyers, politicians and have a good foundation of meditation practice.
But back to the original question - wndancer - so by acknowleding and recognising the presence of a desire mindfully you can potentially head-off a craving - which is an attachment. Is this the 'radically accepting what is there' in the present moment? This is a powerful acceptance.
Please can someone talk about impulses!!!!