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    I also made a blog entry about this.
    I don't know why, but every now and then I'll get episodes where nothing feels quite right. There's that something I want and there are a bunch of options right in front of me but none of those options feel quite satisfying. For example, I was deciding what to have for dinner a couple of days ago and just couldn't find quite the right thing. I had several things on hand I could have made or could have gotten take-out, there are several take-out places by me. But I agonized over what should have been a simple decision. All I remembered was that I was in the mood for something kind of different from what I normally have but I couldn't pinpoint what that exact thing was.

    I've had times when I turn on my MP3 player, which has hundreds of songs on there but I'm not in the mood to listen to most of them. Yet there are songs I normally like a lot. Otherwise, why would they be there? Or I'll have a huge stash of books checked out from the library in addition to the several books I own and haven't read yet but I'm not in the mood to read any of them. So what's going on here? Is it just boredom? Do I need more variety in my life? Yeah, maybe. Sometimes I'll feel like doing something a little different but it sucks when you can't pinpoint what it is you exactly want. Most of the time, I'm easily satisfied with what I've got but when I'm not it's annoying.
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    If I were you, I'd book a holiday somewhere I've never been. Take a globe, close your eyes, and point at something. Did you point at Italy? Then go to Italy. Did you point at Bali? Then visit Bali. Suprise yourself.
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    I get this same feeling too from time to time. Ultimately I'm looking for a new experience. Taking a trip could help, but often the cure is simply going to a new part of town or walking into a shop I've never been in before. Ultimately it is about stepping out of the paradigm that you've placed yourself in.
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    I get this way when I need something to focus or redirect me. I'm in the middle of it right now, actually. Usually it has something to do with me trying to make myself happy/placate myself with things that are just band-aids. I *want* something/someone else. Everything else that *isn't* that person/thing becomes an inconvenience or a source of irritation.
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    Honestly, the only time I can't figure out what I want is when I'm not even in the same ballpark as my real craving - grazing the refridgerator when in all actuality one is sexually frustrated, as an example. Needs which one is unaware of or have not been met can have an amusing way of popping up.

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    This thread is a great example of why immortality is a bad idea.

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    I just tend to do so with food... that horrible feeling of feeling hungry but not knowing what you want to eat
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    Maybe turning on some quirky music would be a good idea? Works with me.
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    The amazing thing is when things are 100% satisfying. This happens for me during flow, when time seems to stop, and everything I do is completely satisfying.

    Perhaps this is why I have never travelled anywhere. You might say I am easily satisfied, but it is not so easy. It takes time and practice, but the reward is so overwhelming, I always have somewhere to go.

    I do observe though that throughout the day others do enter flow for short periods, often in a moment of humour, but they catch themselves and throw themselves back into the dissatisfaction of the moment.

    And although I am not a Buddhist, I note that Buddha described dissatisfaction as one of our greatest problems.

    And of course dissatisfaction can transform into satisfaction. All that is necessary to transform is to form the trance.

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