“There are five longings we all have: love, meaning, freedom, happiness, and growth,”
says David Richo. “Each of these reveals us to ourselves, and shows us what we want, what our life is for, what keeps us going, and what keeps us looking. Longings are mysterious. We often can't quite name them. They do not yield easily to explanation, nor can they ever be perfectly, fully, or finally gratified. We shyly or loudly bring our longings to others, and sometimes we find more than we hoped for, sometimes less. Our healthy practice is a radical one: We notice and ask for some fulfillment of our longings from those we trust. We give up expecting all or perfect satisfaction. We notice that we have longings for permanence in a world that is always changing, and take that as a clue to the presence of something transcendent in us. With such spiritual consciousness we finally discover that all five longings reflect qualities in our true nature. We are seeking what we are.
“Our weekend will include lecture and discussion. Our purpose is not learning about the five longings but seeing our story in them. For this, we engage in duo-exercises of personal sharing. This can then be shared with the whole group.”