Posted by Nadezda on November 1, 2008, at 9:32:13
In reply to Re: Desire versus Acceptance » Trotter, posted by antigua3 on November 1, 2008, at 5:56:44
I don't think happiness or acceptance are static, or become states that reign without any interruption-- I think they're progressive, momentary, and evolving--intertwined with the progressive, momentary and evolving experiences that can evoke, or dissipate, them.
You can be more or less in a mind to accept or to join experience with resistance or refusal. But the waves of these emotions, or attitudes, can be always succeeding one another, and interacting.
So I don't find them so much contradictory, or opposed, as potentially building on one another and mutually supporting. Sometimes both desire and happiness can be impaired, but I think they can also nurture one another, and create excitement and vitality.
If one's disappointment or inability to find adequate objects for desire becomes too intense, it could destroy one's ability to desire, and to accept. To the extent that desire leads inevitably to disappointment, it can become destructive-- but only if the disappointments are too crushing-- which I suppose is always a risk with desire.