Human beings are animals. Unique in some ways but still animals. Animals seek pleasure and shrink from pain. Everything a human does is to maximize pleasure and minimize pain. You get pleasure from achieving goals and from besting competitors. You get pleasure from your bodily appetites though food, drink and sex. You do things which may not result in immediate pleasure but which you believe will payoff in pleasure so you work so you can party. You study so you can enjoy a higher standard of material wealth once you graduate.
Now here is the weird thing about the human brain. It quickly tires of most pleasures. It also is very stingy with the pleasure reward system. We get far more pain than pleasure and pleasures are usually fleeting and transitory. Just as soon as we accomplish something and get a nice rush of pleasure a new goal is formulated and the joy diminished. This is the way our primitive animal brain gets us to do things it deems necessary but unpleasant. It offers us the potential for pleasure. Why so fleeting? Why so transitory?
Why? It is because of thinking. Yep. Thought.
Your pleasure as well as emotional pain are largely the result of thinking. So go your thoughts also go your sense of pleasure or pain.Our natural state is one of joy. So, if we quiet the thinking, we experience joy this “emotional pleasure”. We become jaded with physical pleasures. We become sated with food and sex. When our appetites are satisfied they no longer give us the pleasure we seek. Yet, we never become sated with spiritual pleasure, with joy.
This is one of the main aspects of mindfulness meditation. The experience of this intangible joy. The emotional pleasure which does NOT rely on thought. Which does not rely on appetite.
☯ Samsaran ☯