Healthy and unhealthy desires
- When one learns to analyze his desires, he comes to understand which
desires are helpful for him. Desires can be chosen by understanding
how they arise and function and what their consequences are.
The faculty of discrimination helps us to judge which desires yield
results that are helpful, and which do not.
Those desires that create obstacles should be shunned, but the
desires that are helpful should always be strengthened. Such helpful
desires should be brought into action.
Control of unhealthy desires is not repression or suppression.
Control means that we have realized that a desire is not healthy and
that we are gathering together all our energies and directing those
energies toward one healthy goal. But in repression and suppression
we suffer because of stress and we are still victims of those
Choosing a Path