Lots of talk in the world today about curbing desires, moderating them, or even denying them. Many would tell you that the secret to happiness is reducing your desires to the situation you are currently in.
But if you ask the wrong question, the answer is irrelevant...
The question isn’t how much your desires should be curbed or reduced or even if desire controls happiness.
Happiness is a choice; a mindset. Desire is almost irrelevant to that question. And trying to reduce your desires is coming from the school of poverty consciousness.
A good analogy for this discussion is money and/or material things (which are often the desires people are telling you to curb). Money and material things won’t buy you happiness. However money and material things do allow you the self-expression that can contribute greatly to your happiness.
The secret to happiness is not curbing desires, but channeling them. When desire is channeled into a positive end and a worthwhile dream – meaning a dream that is big enough for you – it is a wonderful driver.
Desire is the space between who you are – and who you can become.
Chasing to close that space – and never being able to – is the path to both happiness and enlightenment.