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October 9, 2009

No Fat Squirrels

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 8:25 am

There are more acorns in our front yard that I can ever remember. I’m sure the Farmers’ Almanac has a take on that.

Here’s what I’m noticing. The squirrels don’t seem to take more acorns than they need. They don’t seem to fatten up when the supply is plentiful or get anorexic when it’s lean. It got me to wondering.

How many of our needs are mind induced?

It’s easy to list the abuse of drugs, alcohol and food as self induced needs, but there are so many more.

Here’s a blank to fill in. I need ______________.

If it falls out of the area of air, water, food, shelter, etc., it’s really a desire.

We weren’t born with desires. We collected them along the way.

Desires are what get us to create. The question then becomes: “What am I creating?”

Have I created something that’s doing harm or have I created something that’s serving me well? Many of us never ask that question about our conditioned desires.

Most people have confused their desires as needs. Who really needs a cigarette?

What I’m about to suggest may only seem like semantics until you put it to the test. The next time you catch yourself saying, “I need (blank),” notice if it’s really a need. If you notice that it’s not a real need, change the phrasing to: “I desire (blank).

By doing so, you begin to recognize that you are the creator of your desires. If they are serving you well, enjoy. If they are causing you harm, it’s time to re-create.

By differentiating needs and desires, you discover that you are the creator of behavior. Once armed with that knowledge, you may get curious about what else you can create that serves you better.

All the best,

John

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