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Brennan Hooper

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In a world where materialism reigns, yet can never satisfy. How can one fill that hole. I propose a path to fill this void.

Try this teaching: embody the present completely. Most of us feel incomplete like we are still searching for something and most of us dont know what that is with the infinite distractions of reality. The reason man/woman has an unquenchable appetite is because the mind creates the illusion that materialism will fill the void inside of them when that is far from the truth. It is only a temporary fix caused by chemicals in the brain and as soon as it crashes and rebalances the void will return. This is because private ownership is an illusion no matter how many legal documents you have no matter how much you want a material object it will never truly be yours. The only way to fill this gap in the self is to grasp onto what you can have. There is something all of us have that few of us pay attention too. That is the present. You must embrace the present for that is all that one can really truly have. The past is done and the future is uncertain. Do not waste your time trying to reach the horizon as it will only lead you back to where you started and still remain in the distance. What i mean by fully embracing the present is to love the sweet times as much as you love the bitter times. Make the two one. I know this is difficult but if you practice this it begins to fill the void that is where your soul should be. The mind tries to take you away from this and control you with emotion but you must not let this happen. Dont think so much. Just feel and experience, become your senses. Let the love of truth in. The present is the truth. Think of yourself as an empty vessel with which you are trying to fill with love. Fill its so full that is runs over and touches all around you.


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  • Sep 28 2011: i have had this idea too and strongly believe in it but its just hard to stick by when life hits you hard
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      Sep 28 2011: Life often seems unfair or that it picks on you. I was raised by a single mother who makes less than 20k ($US) a year. I am now in college during the summer before this semester i lost my only car and had two car accidents in my mothers car. We cannot afford another at the moment. I was truly upset with life and it caused me to lose my summer it flew by because i wanted it to end. It slipped through my fingers like sand and i will never have it back. Have you seen this? www.truthcontest.com

      Click on the entry called “The Present.” The writing is not very good, but what it says will turn this world around. You will see what I mean when you read the first page.

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