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I like this concept I heard in a teaching by Joseph Goldstein. He describes the state of mind that he has gotten into at times when he looks through a catalog. After a little bit of browsing he finds himself not just seeing what is in there but he starts wanting to find things to want.
I went to the store today to just grab a plastic bin for storage, then I started walking up and down the aisles to see if there was anything else I wanted to buy. The idea of catalog consciousness came to mind and I noticed how I didn't really need or want anything else but with all the stuff there I just got into the state of mind looking for things to want.
I've heard Andrea Fella say something similar in that when we get something we want it temporarily makes us happy so we start looking for other things to want so we can get it and get that same rush.
IMO they've laid out in a pretty articulate way our consumer society and how we end up powering our craving in an attempt to get that jolt of happiness that comes from getting what we want, even the small things.
Joseph goes on to say that it is akin to an addiction and that being free from that addiction of wanting to want is a much greater type of peace and happiness. I've been able to get there sometimes when I can get away from life, but I don't know how or even if it is really possible to hold onto.
I was raised to be pretty frugal with money, but recently my income has gone up some and I've found myself looking to buy items that I would normally manage to do without, like a new air conditioner or nice hiking boots. Getting caught up in wanting to want things ends up getting exhausting.
Anyone else have experiences with looking for happiness in wanting to want things too?