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What Drives You Most in Life?

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  • Family. Providing for them and representing my heritage.

    13 6.37%
  • Friends (Some Family). Being my best for them.

    6 2.94%
  • Faith. Life has meaning and purpose from God/higher power.

    36 17.65%
  • The World. Being altruistic and giving what I can to everyone I meet.

    29 14.22%
  • Myself. I live for me and enjoying all I can.

    54 26.47%
  • Nothing. I just go through the motions.

    17 8.33%
  • I don't know. I'm searching but haven't found it.

    49 24.02%
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  1. #31

    My anger basically. I felt so miserable and pathetic in my past, I do not wish to be like this ever again and since then, I've wanted to take everything under my control and to make progress....like some sort of revenge toward Life itself.
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  2. #32

    Quote Originally Posted by BranchMonkey View Post
    I don't believe in God or a Higher Power, and none of the others fit so I didn't vote, but in case it helps you--I know it'll help me to try articulating it:

    To deconstruct the constructs, what some call brainwashing, others 'socializing' so I can see whatever comes up inside or outside me more clearly, for what it is, rather than what I was led to believe was there, should be there--and if it wasn't there (inside or outside me) the flaw had to be with my vision, not what I was taught.

    So I'm practicing the Dharma, focus on Vipassana meditation, using the breath as my object of concentration to calm my mind, because with a jumpy mind I'm not gonna be seeing anything for what it is--just jumping to the future (where I hope to be) or back into the past (where something hurt too much) or hearing some landscaper outside and feeling irritated he's weed-whacking while I'm trying to meditate.

    Noticing all of that... but not "following it" down the rabbit hole as some would say, getting stuck rather than little by little untying the Gordian knot that took so long to tangle:

    That is what drives me:

    Breaking on through to the other side, i.e. Reality.

    I know I won't make it, of course but damn, it's a good Goal.
    So you live for yourself, which would be "Myself. I live for me and enjoying all I can."

  3. #33

    @Parrot

    So you live for yourself, which would be "Myself. I live for me and enjoying all I can."
    I can see how you'd think that but no; I use Dharma Practice for the work I'm doing--and Metta Exercise?

    I wake up and recite it; when I roll over at night and am in pain, get up to use the bathroom, I recite it. I recite it when my husband leaves for work, later before sitting meditation. I recite it at night, at light's out:

    If you read up on The Noble Eightfold Path, it has nothing to do with a Higher Power.

    Read the Buddhist's core teachings, and desire or "Myself" doesn't exist; it's part of the delusion I'm working to let go of.

    And I've never believed it was the goal in life to live "to enjoy all I can."

    Read up on Metta and it's got everything to do with starting with myself and extending the loving-kindness (or in Pali, Loving-Friendliness) out from myself further and further... to include all living beings, so it isn't just me but it isn't altruistic, either.

    Vipassana meditation of which metta is a part is difficult, brings up a lot of unpleasant truths about where I am on this mind journey; I'm no arahant.
    Last edited by BranchMonkey; 05-19-2017 at 05:52 PM. Reason: Edit for clarity. Paragraph spacing for easier reading.
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  5. #34

    I'm constantly looking for it. No matter what I find or how, the most of the time I end making it feel worthless and looking for something in advance. I have a dynamic desire style.
    I also want to add a thing and it is that, having friends with the same desire style, I'm usually keep myself as a pragmatic and fighting person, the reason why I keep myself like that is because I'm a achiever, while my friends do it in a opposite way, they don't like to make assumptions about life while they love to enjoy and experiment(experiences).

    The only thing I'm certain within my drives and motivations are the mastery, competence and knowledge, highly linked to my enneagram 5.

  6. #35

    To become king! (not really, but this was me when I was a kid )

    In all seriousness, I just want to feel like I know who I am.
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  7. #36

    @BranchMonkey sounds like you believe in some type of higher power/spirituality concept

  8. #37

    @Parrot

    The only way I've heard Higher Power used is a euphemism for God (an Entity) and in 12-Step programs it often leads the unwilling to the Entity some "choose to call God" while others stick with Higher Power but mean, essentially, the same thing, sans a lot of Christian dogma.

    Are you defining Higher Power differently? If so, be precise, then I got a better chance of answering that accurately for what I am exploring, because "what I believe" is part of the deconstruction process, central to the "clear it away" part of Dharma practice.

    And "spirituality" is another euphemism, maybe messier, less precise than Higher Power, so I'd have to know what you mean by that, too.

    You know the phrase, "Let's define our terms"? Often, it's not a case of "mere semantics."
    Last edited by BranchMonkey; 05-19-2017 at 06:00 PM. Reason: Additions for clarity. Typo correction.

  9. #38

    Quote Originally Posted by BranchMonkey View Post
    @Parrot

    The only way I've heard Higher Power used is a euphemism for God (an Entity) and in 12-Step programs it often leads the unwilling to the Entity some "choose to call God" while others stick with Higher Power but mean, essentially, the same thing, sans a lot of Christian dogma.

    Are you defining Higher Power differently? If so, be precise, then I got a better chance of answering that accurately for what I am exploring, because "what I believe" is part of the deconstruction process, central to the "clear it away" part of Dharma practice.

    And "spirituality" is another euphemism, maybe messier, less precise than Higher Power, so I'd have to know what you mean by that, too.

    You know the phrase, "Let's define our terms"? Often, it's not a case of "mere semantics."
    Basically, you do all this because you think it's real. No point in wasting time if there's meaning behind it

  10. #39

    @Parrot

    I don't understand what you mean. You went from asserting I do what I do to get as much enjoyment out of it as I can; also, that I believe in a Higher Power... to I do "this" because I think it's real.

    We're not gonna get anywhere this way.

    No worries.

    And I hope you have a good night. I gotta sign off, do the Nightly Routine, almost none of which I enjoy, but good lord, I do I care about that (b)rat of mine, and I got one more coming--if all goes according to plan, tomorrow evening, and one more in a month. A lot of work, and worth it all. :)
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  11. #40

    Some of all of the above, but faith first, and that's not only my personal religious beliefs, but wanting to see higher ideals and principles made manifest and trying to be a part of that.
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