Passion versus desire, and implications for ADHD
Although the given definitions of these terms vary, I do find the following distinction helpful. Passion denotes a pervasive enthusiasm for a life pursuit or bliss that transcends time and space and brings satisfaction, serenity and joy. Desire is a temporary state that can never be fully satisfied and demands possession, ownership and engulfment. From a mystical standpoint, true desire is always for the ultimate Beloved which could be interpreted as the Source of all or God.
How does this relate to ADHD? I believe that the ADHD mind structure craves desire at all times, leading to frustration, impulsivity and proneness to compulsive or addictive behaviors. Cultivating awareness of this tendency and satisfying it with bliss and passion for healthy aspects of life is the key to a fulfilling life. If this at first sounds esoteric and hard to grasp, sit with it quietly for a while; your inner wisdom will guide you to an experiential understanding in due time. It takes patience, gentility and openness to cultivate these inner insights.