What is it that I ultimately seek? When I turn my awareness inside and ask, I know that I seek lastingness, pleasantness, happiness, and love. Ongoing. These are internal experiences, not external, and they are said to be the aspects of my Real Self. So That is what I seek.
But, with a noisy mind and agitated emotions how do I reach this goal? My mind and emotions keep me from experiencing the peace, happiness and love I seek. There is only one way, and that is through cultivation of a quiet mind and calm emotions. Yes, it is a long path. But it is the only path that leads to my goal.
Time and time again I’ve seen that the things of the world do not give me what I really want. They give me a little pleasure here and there, but not my ultimate goal.
To reach my goal will require resolve, steadfastness, and consistent effort. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali give the prescription: Abhyāsa and vairagya - practice and dispassion.
The alternative is to stay where I am, entertained but not deeply and lastingly happy, peaceful, and filled with love.