restlessness is good

Restlessness in the seeker is the #1 tool of gaining enlightenment. It is the fire. It is the zeal. It is the discipline to see what you have achieved, where you are now and what needs to be done. It is the drive to work out how to close that gap.

It’s this impatient desire to progress that makes you challenge your assumptions and get clear about your priorities.

Maybe there is something more you can do?  eg Yes I can get out of bed a bit earlier tomorrow to meditate.

Maybe there is something you can change? eg I’m not going to have coffee after lunch this week.

Maybe there is something you can stop doing? eg I’m going to stop finishing my boyfriend’s sentences today.

Contentment on the other hand keeps us in the ever-repeating mediocre. One of the great Vedic sages, Maharishi Patanjali, wrote of santosha (Sanskrit for contentment) as the number one enemy of enlightenment.

Being content comes from a lack of knowledge of a better possibility. “I don’t know of a better option so I’ll stay where I am”.

Whereas if I have knowledge of a better possibility then I can move. It shakes things up, I get restless and impatient for something more. This is progress.

Restlessness is good.

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