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When Do We Stop Looking?

The process of spiritual growth and development is ultimately about the search for contentment.  How do we find contentment and when do we stop looking?

Today’s post is inspired by a discussion I had with Heather at the local health food store (Nutrition Discount Center) regarding the benefits of raw food.  I described to her the feeling I had after enjoying my first exclusively raw foods meal.  I felt completely and utterly satisfied, and I was not hungry for many hours after the nutritious and lovingly prepared meal.  This was her response to my observations:

“When the body gets what it needs, it stops looking.

This is a PROFOUND statement and it struck me that this is true on a universal level.  When we get what we need physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually, creatively, we stop looking.  This, I believe is the definition of contentment.  We are content when we no longer feel compelled to seek and can simply rest in the knowledge that all of our needs are being met.  HHHMMMMM   An interesting idea to consider.

So, for today, I invite you to ask yourself the following questions:

  • What do you need physically to feel satisfied?
  • What do you need emotionally?
  • What do you need spiritually?
  • What do you need mentally?
  • What do you need creatively?

Are these needs being met?  If not, how can you be open to allowing them to be met?  Here are just a few examples of how I have been open to allowing these needs to be met within myself:

  • Physically: Planning, preparing and eating healthy meals, exercising on a regular basis
  • Emotionally:  Being open to healthy, intimate friendships and supporting the growth of these relationships
  • Mentally:  Reading books that are stimulating, interesting, entertaining, discussing these books with others of like-mind
  • Spiritually: Daily meditation and prayer
  • Creatively: Writing, writing, writing, cooking, listening to and playing music, singing,

Now it is your turn!

Lauri Lumby

Authentic Freedom Ministries


I am a trained, professional Spiritual Director, Author and Hands-on Healer. I offer services, programs and classes that empower you to hear the voice of the Divine that speaks from within you. It is the voice of the Divine that leads us to our highest truth, to the discovery and cultivation of our gifts and to a life of Authentic Freedom where we know contentment, compassion and joy. Your truth will set you free!

2 thoughts on “When Do We Stop Looking?

  1. How very timely once again, Lauri!! I just wrote an agreement to break last night: I do not agree to food comas. For my body, feeding it right leads to great mental, physical and creative health. And then my spiritual life is so much more illuminating. Thank you so much for taking me deeper into this idea!!

  2. Wow, Lauri! A very interesting concept to ponder, indeed. It does seem to make sense that, once those needs are met, we will cease the search. Hmmm . . . some of the “what” questions are difficult to answer in the first place. What a great approach and challenge, to allow yourself to be open to what will bring that contentment. Thanks for this!

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