Liberation From Discontentment

Liberation From Discontentment

By |Published On: 11 March 2024|2 min read|

Here are some tips for overcoming discontentment:

  • If you’re always striving for your desires, you’ll be prone to discontentment, and this can hinder your progress in life. Take the pressure off yourself at times. Lower your ambitions and let go of your goals for a little while. By resting in the stillness and peace of contentment, you can recharge.
  • Appreciate what is going well in your life, and recognise the wisdom you’re gaining from your experiences. Focus your attention mostly on the here and now. This helps you to feel more composed.
  • Learn from your mistakes, forgive yourself, make changes, evolve. And then move on. Don’t languish in guilt, shame or self-depreciation. Inner peace comes through silent humility.
  • If you complain about your life, you end up affirming pain, you make it more concrete. By not dwelling on your misfortunes for long, you assuage yourself of discontentment. And remember that you rarely know for sure, and what might seem like misfortune, might actually be a blessing in disguise.
  • You will drive yourself nuts if you expect everyone to act as you would like them to. Ain’t gonna happen. Lower your expectations. Focus your energy on being the best version of yourself.
  • Acknowledge the injustices in this world. But accept when you are powerless to solve them. This helps you to let go of the discontentment that can arise from feeling like it’s your responsibility. Focus your energy on making good on your commitments and your relationships.
  • Agony is usually optional because you can control your actions. For example, if your boss is always being a control freak megalomaniac, then quit and walk out. If your partner is always being nasty, get your stuff and leave. Sometimes you’ve just got to move on in life.
  • Take pleasure from what material possessions you have, but don’t cling on too tight, be willing to let things go. When you feel satisfied, you can appreciate your bounty. But if you’re always feeling unsatisfied, you will never have enough.
  • Be happy for other people who have things and lifestyles that you would like. This allows you to neutralise any envy or jealousy that you may have been prone to.
  • Know when to slow down and wait. Don’t allow hastiness to wreck your relationships or your health. Forcing things usually backfires. Adapting to what flows is often the best way to go.

© Adrian Connock