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Wanting Bugs (Part 3)

Wanting Bugs have many legs, some have a many as a hundred! They love to feel stuff, and they have many eyes as well, all looking for something to do. They love smelling roasting peanuts, and eating donuts while listening to cool music — and listening to compliments! And they’re forever thinking and dreaming about stuff. Where would we be without our Wanting Bugs, even though they never give us any peace?

One kind gentleman I know decided to get rid of his Wanting Bugs because he "wanted" some peace. Boy, was that ever a mistake! His Wanting Bugs disguised themselves so cleverly that the poor man didn’t even know that he was actually satisfying his Wanting Bugs by "wanting" to get rid of them! 30 years later, the joke was on him when he discovered his error! Of course he was heartbroken. He had wasted all those years trying to rid himself of his pesky Wanting Bugs while they were laughing at him. His Wanting Bugs were alive and well, and the poor man was as miserable as ever, still a slave to his Wanting Bugs. Although he was certain that he would go to heaven, he was afraid it would be with these Big Bugs on his back!

Being the resourceful person that he was, however, and after seeing that his Wanting Bugs cunningly disguised themselves as lofty endeavors, my gentleman friend gave up all his wants completely! After about two weeks of not eating however, he could see that this wasn’t working, and then just sat in his apartment trying to figure things out. The more he "wanted" to find answers, the more his Bugs laughed at him. What a revolting development that turned out to be!

He may still be sitting there for all I know, but one thing is for certain; our Wanting Bugs are tough little critters and are not to be taken lightly! When our Wanting Bugs make babies, which happens when we satisfy their desires, the babies soon begin to grow. Before long, they are crawling and walking just like Mommy and Daddy, making us itch, and then the number of masters that enslave us increases beyond our wildest dreams!

In no time, unbelievably, the Baby Wanting Bugs begin arguing among themselves! One little Wanting Bug wanting something different from another! . . .“I’m hungry.” . . . “No you’re not.” . . . “Yes I am.”. . . “Shut up! We’re on a diet!”. . . And endless debates go on in our heads, as our Wanting Bugs force us to make all kinds of weird choices all day long.

“Stop it! Stop all the noise in my head,” we say, and our Wanting Bugs are loving every minute of our "wanting" it all to stop! And so it goes, on and on until we get to heaven — but then it goes on some more so that we never feel any peace at all. Our Wanting Bugs are so cleaver that they make "peace" itself feel boring (although there is no greater happiness), and they talk us into "wanting" (which is the greatest of sadnesses), making us run here and there all the time! They are really clever; these little buggers.

Copyright © E. Raymond Rock 2007. All rights reserved

E. Raymond Rock of Fort Myers, Florida is cofounder and principal teacher at the Southwest Florida Insight Center (http://southwestfloridainsightcenter.com/). His twenty-eight years of meditation experience has taken him across four continents, including two stopovers in Thailand where he practiced in the remote northeast forests as an ordained Theravada Buddhist monk. His book, A Year to Enlightenment (Career Press/New Page Books) is now available at major bookstores and online retailers (http://ayeartoenlightenment.com/).

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