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Contentment is like an underground river whose course just cannot be daunted. On the surface, people are stamping, pushing, pulling; the ground is cracking or left derelict, but underneath, the river is flowing. Even if at some point it is only a trickle in the darkness. Water on ground level is always at risk of pollution or being dried up, used, drunk, drawn on, but subterranean water is mostly untapped. Contentment is the same.
It is like a constant, unseen movement forward. Not oblivious to challenge, but when the landscape of the mind, the surface of life, undergoes some upheaval, the river responds, changes, flows in and around, even though still unseen, all in a contained and controlled manner. It just never dries up.
A profound understanding is needed for someone to be content – a need to know and gently anticipate movements of the mind and also to feel the pull of the destination that lies beyond everything. Contentment is a deep study of life, not just a blind acceptance of it.
People say: “Don’t think too much”, but to be content, you have to enjoy thinking very deeply, watching very carefully, responding very quietly, moving with the times in subtle ways. And more than anything, the water below needs the force of the current to move through the strange humps and bumps of the subconscious. Without the current, there can be intelligence, but there will always be depression, a feeling that you may just get stuck. And that current is a spiritual force.
DISCLAIMER: Views expressed above are the author's own.