As seekers we often find ourselves caught in the perpetual search. Whether we are searching for the perfect material item to make us feel better or we are searching for an understanding of ourselves, the search itself becomes addicting. A mindset of seeking leads to more seeking, but aren’t we really interested in the finding?
Seeking leads to the eternal quest because without finding we are left with an insatiable desire for more. At some point you have to allow yourself to feel satiated – to bask in the glory of finding – to enjoy less.
There is an adage that the secret to happiness is not having more of what you want, but wanting more of what you have. Isn’t this the truth? We do not need to fill our lives with more. We do not need all of the distractions, excess, and clutter. Our lives are filled to overflowing with excess energetic noise from the constant accumulation of material goods, information, debt, and fears.
And all along what we are looking for is happiness. We are seeking it and accumulating lots of other stuff, but the happiness eludes us. What if we stopped seeking? What if we simplified? What if we allowed happiness to find us?
“The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.” – Socrates
Simplify. Evaluate all of your accumulated stuff and consider if it provides value in your life. Let go of that which no longer serves you and keep the things that are important to you. Choose one thing a week, evaluate, and simplify. Keep the important things and learn to enjoy less. Allow yourself to be found.