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Contentment vs. Complacency

Cory Muscara



Cory Muscara



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Contentment vs. Complacency

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Hey, welcome back to

your Daily Mindfulness.

In today's session, we're going to be

talking about navigating the territory

of contentment and complacency.

So one of the big fears I hear from

people, especially those who like to

achieve a lot of things is that if I

meditate, I'll become too happy and

content, and then I'll just be complacent.

I won't want to do anything.

But being content does not mean

you no longer wish to grow.

Being content means you understand that

who you are and what you're worth is

much greater and more substantial than

anything you could possibly achieve.

Often when we fear that we'll be

complacent, if we're content, it usually

means that our sense of self-love and

self-worth is intimately and intricately

tied to our goals and our achievements.

And our actions are almost solely

motivated by fear or anxiety and feeling

unfulfilled as opposed to an excitement

for growth and the opportunity to serve.

And this is being more motivated

by pain factors than inspiration.

And that's not necessarily a bad thing.

But if our growth and our desire to

achieve stems, primarily from a neurotic

drive to feel worthy, then I believe we're

in a toxic relationship with achievement.

There are other factors though,

that can drive us to action.

Love ,compassion, awe, and kindness.

In fact, research by Robert Emmons shows

that people who are more grateful, which

could be a form of contentment, are more

energized and likely to reach their goals.

And it's coming from a place of feeling

full and inspired and motivated.

When we're deeply content, there's a

calmness in our hearts and it tends

to enable us, enable us to grow in

a way that does feel inspired, grow

in a way that feels organic and grow

in a way that feels free rather than

pressured by a crippling anxiety to

have to get more done or do more in

order to be loved or worth something.

So just notice what your

relationship to the idea of

contentment and complacency is.

I know that as you continue on this

journey, as you develop that inner

fulfillment, yeah, it may start

shifting some of those organizing

variables that inspire a certain

kind of action in the world.

If you're primarily motivated by

fear or anxiety or not feeling good

enough, which is very common, that

can start to shift with the meditation

practice because we're, we're

getting full from the inside out.

But in my experience, and with

working with many students that have

experienced that themselves, there's

a new kind of motivation that arises,

a new kind of inspiration for action.

One inspired by, by gratitude, care,

love, and wanting to do good in the world.

So that's something I think we can trust.

I'll talk to you in the meditation.

Thank you for your practice and take care.

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