Saturday, 10 October 2009

THE JOY DIET - item three - DESIRE


photo courtesy of jamie ridler

human beings are the only beasts on the planet who seem to have problems following their true desires. this is probably due to the fact that we can think and reason, and thereby, do a great job at confusing ourselves to the point of losing our way. we often end up living lives that don't fulfil our deepest needs....our true desires.

those true desires are hidden deep within and, to find them, we need to enter the stillness, seek the truth, and ask ourselves - what do i want most right now? then wait for the desire to reveal itself to us. as we wade through the desires that surface, we must pay heed to how each makes us feel. if a desire fills you with great passion and yearning....if it speaks to you of freeing and expressing yourself in your own uniqueness, then it is highly likely to be a true desire and well worth giving your attention to. you will feel a shift within, a knowing that this is the right choice for you. don't let your ego throw negatives into the mix on why the desire is a waste of time. don't let your ego tell you how you are going to reach the desire either. just trust and believe that this desire will manifest into your life in a way of least resistance. as you focus more and more on your chosen desire, you will feel more whole and you will feel that you are moving toward to a fresh, new and joyful life. believe it!

it may take time to recognise your true desires but daily practise will get you closer and closer.

for me, i desire to be a better artist. i desire to lean more towards intuitive, spiritual art but i'm not sure if i'm on the right track to my true desire. i have come up against some creative hurdles over the past couple of weeks and this has left my confidence severely lacking. i'm actually feeling quite lost. have i taken a wrong turn somewhere along the way? as i continue the daily practise of stillness, truth and searching for my true desire, i'm hoping the answer will reveal itself.

the next item on the joy menu is - CREATIVITY - so hopefully, that will shed some light on my confusion.

love, light and peace


  1. Your art is very spiritually inspired and moving. I think you may be trying to hard to achieve something that has always been there.
    I read something last night in the book Positive Energy by Judith Orloff. "inner peace doesn't just magically descend; we must keep fighting for it." I think we mistakenly think if it just easily comes to us it must be divine. When actually you have to fight for it each day, not struggle, just keep aware. You ARE your art: beautiful and uplifting to all that see it.

  2. Serena! Reading your post was almost like reading an invocation, going through a lovely meditation :)

    May you find the right path to your truest desires. :)

  3. I have been backing away from doing art/craft type thisngs also the past few months...maybe it is the heat here, but I notice, I am picking up interest in another area...gardening. I feel the artsy side will come again in a new season...I hope I am right!!!

  4. This is from Deepak Chopra: Uncertainty is the fertile ground of pure creativity and freedom. The unknown is the field of all possibilities, ever fresh, ever new, always open to the creation of new manifestation. Step into the unknown and you will step into the field of all possibilities. In your willingness to step into the unknown, you will have the wisdom of uncertainty factored in and this means that in every moment of your life you will have excitement, adventure, mystery.
    You will experience the fun of life and have an exuberance and zest for living. Every day you can look for what may occur in that field of possibilities. When you experience uncertainty, you are on the right path. So don't give up.

    Long, but hopefully it will help a bit.

  5. Sometimes I believe we question too much...I believe we need to have the quiet time to be able to let ideas and thoughts come forward. I believe we need that for our desires to manifest themselves in our minds. When we hit a bump that causes us to question our confidence, it's even hard to focus on desire. I hope you can take some time to be still with yourself and remind yourself of the beauty of your art, the beauty of what you create, that your art is glorious and then when you have re-affirmed that for yourself, further desires will be able to filter through. ♥

  6. Wow, great path you are following. Hope you achieve your desire.

  7. That is a very interesting observation. Why is it that humans attempt to oppress their desire? Are we socially conditioned to believe that it is better to keep our desires at bay?

  8. Wow, you desire to be a great artist and I desire to be half as good as you. I think you're terrific and I'm a good way...hmmm I don't like that word, let me think, I'm impressed, that sounds better, ha.

    Hope all is going well.

  9. Hi Serena,

    Hope you are feeling much better now.
    I think you are a wonderful artist and wish I could paint like you! :)
    Sometimes our mind, body and soul need to reenergize themselves and we feel as though we are lacking something. But YOU are not! I know you are on the right path with your art. Just keep meditating and
    soon you will feel fulfilled.


  10. Your post reminded me of how at times, my mind tricks me into thinking that my true desires are false ones, how I sometimes throw stumbling blocks into my own progress out of fear or to keep myself from risking the possibility of failure.

    You are an amazing artist... be gentle with yourself... :)

  11. Hi Serena,
    Sometimes I think we get caught up in thinking life should be one long upward straight path when it is more like a slow upward spiral. I think life is very cyclic and we always have the high and lows--whether they be obvious or subtle. It is in the periods of rest and thought that we germinate, learn, evaluate, re-focus, and rest up for the next upward movement or spiral. We can't always be going full-tilt or we'd crash and burn--hehe! We wouldn't have the time to double check our direction if we raced full speed ahead all the time without rest. I think it is a very natural and right thing for life to have its pauses and stagnant times. You seem to be absolutely on your right path--from my outside perspective. Looks like a wonderful path to me!! :):)