Everyone wants more of the good things. Happiness, love, charisma, success – which is your desire? Maybe you chose all of them.
Do not worry, I'm not about to tell you the evils of desire. If you meditate long enough, you'll either discover that truth for yourself or you will not. Either way, me telling you is not going to help things. Instead, I'll tell you something much better.
Those things that you want more of?
Meditation will help.
You'll unlock great energy, creativity, serenity and anything else you decide to want. Best of all, it's easy. It's as easy as closing your eyes.
Now, when I say 'easy', that assumes that you're meditating regularly. That part takes discipline. Keep it up because here comes yet another benefit of the practice.
When you scan your body with your awareness, you surprise yourself. Your body hums with billions of signals that you consciously ignore. If you paid attention to everything, all the time, it would be a little overwhelming. With training, you can increase what you pay attention to, but there's always something that vanishes from your awareness.
If you have not surprised yourself yet, give it time. Your body is a hive of fascinating activity.
As you scan your body, you find a few areas of discomfort and a few neutral regions. When you turn your attention in an accepting and perhaps forgiving way, the discomfort eases. Labeling the discomfort in a non-judgmental way soothes it too.
And neutral sensations often give way to other experiences. Perhaps what felt neutral was really a chaotic and intriguing blend of comfort and discomfort. Or maybe it was masking something new, something harder to classify.
What if the sensation is a pleasant one, though?
Well, the same rules apply. Observe it and accept it. Do not rejoice in finding something comfortable, as this condemns the rest of you. But maybe you can allow a brief glimmer of satisfaction.
And if you're looking for something in particular – joy or courage or whatever – then see if any is present here.
Be calm as you examine your sensations. You're not a kid teething apart his room as he looks for his favorite toy. You're more like a swimmer trying to enter a lake without creating ripples. Use a soft touch – your thoughts are delicate.
Whatever sensation you want more of exists somewhere in your mind. If it did not, you could not imagine it well enough to know you want it. And any sensation in the mind also exists somewhere in the body. So, with patience and finesse, explore your body and find it.
There are two ways to become stronger in this technique. One is to search without thought and effort. If you do not find anything, there's no disappointment because you did not lose or fail. If you find it, there's no crowing over your triumph. The other approach is to look for what you seek in discomfort too. Perhaps your joy lies buried under a thin layer of unpleasant sensations.
You will not know until you look.