Pleasure and Fulfillment

This Week’s Quotation:

Pleasure and fulfillment are part of the experience of self. Can you imagine a real self who could not have these experiences? A person who could not experience pleasure and fulfillment would be more like an automaton or a slave than a real human being. The signers of the Declaration of Independence of the 13 original United States of America had this in mind when they spoke about the right to the “pursuit of Happiness.”

Becoming a Sun
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Pleasure and Fulfillment

David Karchere
David Karchere
Author, Becoming a Sun

When you think about your own pleasure and fulfillment, does this thought ever arise? 

I’m so busy taking care of all the things I am responsible for in my life. Finding time for pleasure and fulfillment sounds like just another thing I’ve got to do.

It might be time to take another look at this vital part of life. A time to affirm: 

I have something of great value to fulfill in my life. And it is right and good that I experience the pleasure of fulfilling it through all my adventures and challenges.

Pleasure and fulfillment are the world coming to you to thank you for being you. It is nature acknowledging your presence with the shining of the sun and the blowing of the wind. It is people who love you, simply for being yourself.

The key is that you have to be yourself for the world to acknowledge you. You have to be content to wait for it to come to you in the way that it wants to. And see the way that it is already coming to you now. 

Chasing after pleasure and fulfillment only chase it away. Being content with who you are and what is now lets it come to you.

What does it mean to become a sun?

Every human being is already a sun on the inside—a being of intense love and light. The difference is that some people have the vision and courage to become a sun on the outside. This difference is our human destiny.

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