When we deny the reality of change, life becomes an endless struggle. When we embrace it, our minds become wise and our hearts tender. Impermanence isn’t later, it is now. Squeezing uncomfortably through the narrow doorway of now, we don’t know whether we are coming or going. Impermanence is not only loss, it is also change, and change can be refreshing, renewing. Practice isn’t so much a matter of changing or improving the conditions of your inner or outer life, as a way of fully embracing and appreciating those conditions.
Nothing appears unless it appears in time. And whatever appears in time, appears and vanishes at once. Time is existence, impermanence, change, loss, growth, development, the best and the worst news at once.Each one of us are somewhere in the middle of a long walk through varied terrain. Our task is to stay alive to the changes in that terrain and to trust the path as it appears before us, rather than impose our map on it. In welcoming transformations, we discover a greater truth that shows us a new way of trusting the very change we once thought a problem. When the field appears fallow, we must learn to trust what’s going on underground, in the dark, invisible to us. In fact it is essential that along with the lightening comes the quiet dark, when radiant bursts are taken in and made a part of a whole.
When we stop clinging to the known and allow ourselves, our dreams to become instruments of change, we learn to practice action at the deepest level. In these moments we must risk taking a joyful leap with no guarantee of being caught as we fall. All we can rely on, after the joyful leap, is the reassuring discovery of what truly sustains us.
A Saturday well spent with the students of the 3rd Batch of Shraddha.Click to View