The victory over self is of all victories the first and best…

τὸ νικᾶν αὐτὸν αὑτὸν πασῶν νικῶν πρώτη τε καὶ ἀρίστη, τὸ δὲ ἡττᾶσθαι αὐτὸν ὑφ᾽ ἑαυτοῦ πάντων αἴσχιστόν τε ἅμα καὶ κάκιστον. ταῦτα γὰρ ὡς πολέμου ἐν ἑκάστοις ἡμῶν ὄντος πρὸς ἡμᾶς αὐτοὺς σημαίνει. – Plato, Laws [626E].

“…the victory over self is of all victories the first and best while self-defeat is of all defeats at once the worst and the most shameful. For these phrases signify that a war against self exists within each of us.”

We tend to look outward for things, people, spirituality, love, and entertainment when in fact we should be looking inwards. If you have a content, peaceful mind, you will require nothing for your jar is always full {your desires are in check}, however, if you have a leaky jar {a mind never satisfied} you will constantly look for something to satiate your desires and never be content. [See Plato, Gorgias].

In Greek mythology, the Daughters of Danaus (/dəˈnɪdz/GreekΔαναΐδες), also DanaidsDanaides or Danaïdes, were the fifty daughters of Danaus. They were to marry the fifty sons of Danaus’s twin brother Aegyptus, a mythical king of Egypt. In the most common version of the myth, all but one of them killed their husbands on their wedding night, and are condemned to spend eternity carrying water in a sieve or perforated device. In the classical tradition, they come to represent the futility of a repetitive task that can never be completed.

Thus our minds are never full. Desires like the water constantly leak out and again we fill our mind with more desires. We are never satisfied, always wanting. Learn not to want. Look inward, be mindful, and you will become content. The sieve will close. Mindfulness practice can achieve this.

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