My Assignment for the Day – September 1 2020

My Assignment for the Day – September 1 2020

In the beginning there was desire, which was the

first seed of mind; sages, having meditated in

their hearts, have discovered by their wisdom the

connection of the existent with the nonexistent.

The Hymn of Creation, Rig Veda


The idea of desire and spiritual teachings is much misunderstood.


There is sometimes the idea that we must be rid of desire in order to end suffering.


This isn’t the case. It’s not possible to be rid of desire. Desire lives within us. It’s as much a part of our makeup as the flow of blood in our veins. What is thirst, if not the desire for liquid? Or hunger, if not the desire for food? What is curiosity but the desire for knowledge? And finally, without our longing for unity, love, connectedness, wholeness, how could we even begin to find our way back to God?


Desire is nature’s way of communicating with us, a guide to show us, moment by moment, the direction of the flow of evolution. The direction in which nature would have us move. By paying attention to our desires, we accept our place in the movement of the laws of nature. We accept our status as agents for change. The only thing nature does is evolve, and it will use us as messengers, guides, teachers, listeners to the other expressions of nature, the other people, whose paths we cross.


Nature may give me a desire for a cup of coffee, but what it really is up to is getting me in position to be seen by somebody who will be affected by my presence, by the words I may have to say, maybe by the book they can see me carrying under my arm. Nature has its own ideas of what must occur. It just knows that with me, the idea of a good cup of coffee is a great way to get me on board. 


My job is to build a relationship within myself to the place beyond thought and opinion. With the place of Self. From this place of connection, my job then is to seek happiness in my experience of the world. As I seek happiness, I naturally will pay attention to the way I feel about things as they are happening, and I will be aware of the subtle tug of charm that will guide me, step by step, in the direction of evolution. When I follow the direction of evolution, I will find myself in my right life–no second guessing, no wondering ‘what if’ or ‘if only,’ no lingering on past failures or feared future traumas; but rather in the full, sweet experience of here and now and its infinity of possibilities.


Today, grounded in the Self, I will seek happiness in all the moments of my life, knowing that by doing so I am fulfilling my assignment for the day.

Sunflowers, Thurmont, MD