As a therapist and coach I'm keenly aware that we are driven by desire. In fact I openly discuss desires as something I can assist you to manifest. One of the first things I might ask a client is 'what is your desired outcome?' Desires and wants can lead us to achieve our goals. But desires have a bit of a bad reputation!
Why? Because if we act on them without being conscious of the consequences, then they can lead us to all sorts of trouble. If you obsess over them and they consume you - is that healthy? If we want something that is inappropriate then we're wasting energy that could be used more effectively. And most importantly, if what you desire are purely material, superficial objects, then you may not be genuinely connected with nor acting in alignment with your values.
Desires are delicious. They can be exciting. They can drive you to success. They can give us hope and joy.
You may have a delicious desire to one day own your own apartment. Or maybe you want to escape your job. Or you may desire the loving embrace of a family. Or maybe you just love cheese so much that a meal doesn't go by without the salty addition of the yellow stuff.
As your coach I can help you to understand what it really means to meet that desire; then you know you have choices. And with choice comes autonomy.
Practising such mindfulness gives the space for choice, for wise discernment. By being mindful of your desires you can consciously make the choice to act on it, or simply acknowledge it and wisely let it pass.
How empowering is that?