Satisfaction. What is it and where can we find it?
I think most of us have found that material circumstances are fleeting at best when it comes to satisfaction.
Is there a deeper state of mind that can make us feel fully satisfied? A state of consciousness that is not dependent on physical factors?
Yes. A consciousness that is aware of God’s presence and power is truly satisfied. Jesus began his beatitudes with “happy are those…” and most of them rely on seeing beyond the material circumstances. So, he must have been talking about a different kind of happiness — a heavenly happiness. A spiritual joy that knows that “all things work together for good to those who love God” (Romans 8:28) A missed flight? No big deal. All things are working together. A traffic jam? All things are working together. Jesus was the master metaphysician because he looked beyond the material circumstances to perceive the true, spiritual identity of each of us. Where material sense saw a sinner, he saw the blessed child of God. I was recently reading sin described as a “frustrated desire”. I thought that was a really interesting idea and woke me up to see if I am allowing frustration to control my thinking. This shows me the need to be alert to where we are seeking happiness from and to hold the control over our own consciousness.
Here is a beautiful podcast that I just listened to and enjoyed with lots of ideas on this topic called “What truly makes us happy and satisfied?”
Happiness consists in being and in doing good; only what God gives, and what we give ourselves and others through His tenure, confers happiness: conscious worth satisfies the hungry heart, and nothing else can.–Mary Baker Eddy
I love this idea that knowing our worth and our dignity is what satisfies us. Knowing who we are as the spiritual sons and daughters of God. This view is satisfying because it looks beyond the veil to what God is seeing and knowing about each one of us. It is a deep, spiritual view that we know in our hearts, we feel it, and we cherish it. It is a view that is worth drinking in everyday so that we don’t allow the world to cause us to forget about it. It sees the eternal, spotless, whole identity of each spiritual child of God as loved, loving, lovely, and loveable. Behold yourself in this view. This spiritually inspired view heals.
Spiritual living and blessedness are the only evidences, by which we can recognize true existence and feel the unspeakable peace which comes from an all-absorbing spiritual love. — Mary Baker Eddy