As a culture, we are often seeking to amplify various aspects of our life. We want to amplify our energy levels in order to do everything we want to do. We want to amplify the music we enjoy so that our enjoyment of it is amplified. We want to amplify our performance at work in order to advance our career. We want to amplify our physical and mental abilities. We want to amplify our power.
At the same time, we minimize an equal number of aspects of our life. We want to minimize the level of stress we deal with by avoiding any kind of conflict. We want to minimize the amount of effort we put into caring for our bodies. We want to minimize the responsibility we feel for the state of our world. We want to minimize the pain we feel.
Amplifying the pleasurable experience while minimizing the painful experiences seems like a great idea if you don’t think too hard about it. After all, don’t we all want more pleasure and less pain? But the price of minimizing pain is the subsequent minimalization of our personal growth, the suppression of what builds character, the destruction of what allows us to find our foundation. We settle for amplifying one aspect of our lives at a time rather than initiating a process that can amplify our entire being, our every experience, our every relationship. When we begin to systematically deepen our ability to care for ourselves, every experience becomes meaningful, and meaning is what truly amplifies life.