The deepest source of suffering that we endure is that which arises from confusion about why we are here or what our purpose is in life. In many ways the answer to this question is the same for everyone — we all want to find an end to suffering and to be happy.

Yet, at the same time, we are all unique. Reconciling our collective desire for enduring satisfaction with the vast diversity of view points, interests and expertise is the central function of insight meditation.

For many of us, it is not enough to know that we can meet our own material requirements. As human beings, we are inherently social and so we all experience a desire not only to interact with our colleagues, friends and family but to have a positive impact on their lives.

If we ignore or neglect that desire, a void will ensue and eventually consume us within it. We will never find peace as long as we are consumed with a relentless passion for filling an empty space in our hearts with the pursuit of that which is fleeting and trivial.

When we put our sincere effort into the practice of insight meditation we will surely find peace. A peaceful result is inevitable because, through the pursuit of insight, we begin a journey of discovery to determine how we can devote our own unique perspective and talents to the benefit of others in ways that are exclusively productive and positive.

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