We seek to enrich ourselves through a lifelong process of acquisition. And to fatten our memory banks through experiences of food, travel and various entertainments. None of this brings us closer to ourselves. “Most of us die wishing we could live again,” observed Nisargadatta.
First, we tumble unwittingly into the habit of over-stimulation, of doing more and more of what makes us feel good. Then some crisis happens and we’re introduced to the sober joy of under-stimulation.