Like a constantly flowing river, life is ever changing. Happy one minute, depressed the next . . . I find that my practice (almost) always deepens during the not so glorious moments. Yesterday, there were many such islands of perceived adversity. Each time, aversion raised its head and threatened to take me down a gloomy path. Each time, (almost), I was able to survey the land, and choose a different route, paved with wisdom and right intentions. Looking back on those pivotal moments, I wondered what was it in the mind that made go down the higher road?
Here is what I found:
I told myself this is life,
this is dukkha (unsatisfactoriness)
I told myself this too shall pass,
this is anicca (impermanence)
I told myself this is a mind-created moment,
this is anatta (not self)
I told myself all those things,
and embraced the misery,
with whole heart.
How do you 'survive' the difficult moments in your days? Please share.