Are you doomed to chronic dissatisfaction? Welcome to cognitive dissonance, the static that is created when your way of thinking and reality are at war. The mind races to resolve cognitive dissonance, which it achieves by means of changing beliefs or denying, or both.
“Money can buy you happiness if you know where to shop!”
Welcome to the “hedonic treadmill” where pleasure becomes ordinary so you seek more and more sensation and more and more luxuries to give the same payoff. When is enough, enough; distinguish between your needs and your wants? When was the last time you stopped long enough to consider the ramifications of these never ending searches?
Stop right now! Let’s frame this as a different type of search entirely; let’s call this a SOUL SEARCH. Get a journal or notebook. Carve out some solitary time for yourself. Consider the following questions, and as you do, write down whatever comes to you. Big questions like these deserve your time and attention. These are not casually constructed inquiries, and they are posed as an initial step to invite more curiosity about YOU!
1. What are you passionate about?
2. What turns your energy on or off?
3. What are you truly attracted to?
4. What are your strongest held beliefs?
5. What will you DO about your beliefs?
©2014 Maureen Weisner