I Want to Not Want

So many desires and so much unrest created by this constant wanting! Is it possible to be content? Is it possible to want less? Is it possible to not want?

Well, I guess I am wanting something, right now. As I write these words, I want to understand, accept, and be at peace with the fact that perhaps I will always want, and that wanting is of the nature of being human. I want to understand, accept, and be at peace with the fact that in this life we will always be presented with choices, that our choices will bring about changes, and that change is the natural  movement of the Universe.

What else do I want?

I want to be aware of my likes and dislikes, my wants and don’t wants, my cravings and aversions, and practice to calmly tame my impulses and navigate through this ocean of desires.

Actually, I want to want less. Actually, I want to not want.

I want to be able to expand the amount of time between receiving a stimulus and choosing a response. I want to make thorough assessments, apply wise discernment, and improve my ability to make the best possible decisions.

I am encouraged by the unquestionable truth that all of us can make our lives better by consciously examining them. I want to remember always that “an unexamined life is not worth living,” and keep examining my existence. I want to be awake, alert, attentive, aware, and appreciative of what is going on in each present moment, enjoying the beauty that surrounds me, seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary, seeing magic, mystery, and miracles everywhere. I want to immerse myself in this moment, this one — not the previous one, nor the next one — knowing that if I do this, the best version of myself and the best life I can live will emerge naturally.



Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect, and write, and who not only strives to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation, mindful living, and the acclaimed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as taught at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He organizes Silent Peace Walks.


Take a look at these books at the Peaceful Ways online store


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– “Peaceful Ways – The Power of Making Your Wishes Come True”

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– “Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”


– “Silent Peace Walk”





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