Change, Impermanence, and Uncertainty
This one is from Ben:
We know that all is impermanent but we want certainty and expect permanence. We use our daily activity as a shield against the fundamental ambiguity of our situation, expending tremendous effort trying to ward off uncertainty and impermanence. Believing we can somehow miraculously escape the truth of impermanence we run to doctors and obey their orders. We don't like it that our bodies change shape. We cling to a fixed idea of who we are and that can cripple many of us. But nothing and no one is fixed. Whether the reality of change is a source of freedom for us or a source of horrific anxiety makes a significant difference to the quality of our life. Ask yourself, do the days of your life add up to further suffering or to increase capacity for joy? Could moving towards the places that scare us inform our lives that we have nothing to lose but the fear of change itself? If we accept that change and even pain as inherent elements of living will this understanding create the causes and conditions for happiness? Some believe finding the courage to go to the places that scare us cannot happen without compassionate inquiry of the workings of our mind. What does it mean for you to aspire to connect with the natural flexibility of your own being and helping others do the same?