The Underlying Cause
Sunday, September 16, 2018
Once you've taken the time to inquire within, you can begin to make changes that address the deeper issue.
Often, when we're unhappy, we fall into the habit of thinking that, if only one or two particular things in our life would have been different or change, everything would be fine. For many of us, we focus on our health and the fact that we need to lose the weight to change our life's situation. We dwell on this one thing and strategize, or complain, or daydream about what it would be like to obtain it. Meanwhile, underneath the surface, the real reason for our unhappiness sits unrecognized and unaddressed. And yet, if we are able to locate and explore the underlying cause of our discontent, all the surface concerns have a way of working themselves out in the light of our realization.
Regardless of present health issues we really do just need to lose the weight to improve our life situation. However, it can only help to take some time and explore what's really going on at a deeper level. Sometimes, when we take a moment and stop focusing on external concerns, we get to the heart of the matter. We might realize that all our lives we've been dissatisfied, grasping at one thing after another, only to be dissatisfied with something else once we get what we want. Or perhaps we'll notice a pattern of running away from the problem when things get too hard. We might then wonder why this keeps happening, and how we might work through the difficulty rather than just escaping it. The point is, slowing down and turning our attention within can save us a lot of energy in the long run, because it is very often the case that it is not external change alone that will make us happy.
Once you've taken the time to inquire within, you can begin to make changes that address the deeper issue. This can be hard at first, especially if you've grown used to grasping for outside sources in order to quell your discontent, but in the end, you will be solving the problem at a deeper level, and it will be much less likely to recur.