The ability to let go comes naturally when we begin to challenge our perception of the world as real and lasting. The world is impermanent. One day everything we know will be gone. That’s simply how it is. Everything ends and ceases to be.
Even though we understand intellectually that everything is unreal, we continue to feel that things are real and solid. Instead, we need to recognize that these perceptions are just that- perceptions- and they don’t reflect the way things actually are.
So many wonderful qualities are already present within us, just waiting to be discovered. The key lies in understanding that things are impermanent and unreal. Sadness, of course, is not an end in itself. But deep sorrow comes with realizing that everything we previously took to be lasting and real is actually just about to disappear- and it never even existed in the first place. Such sadness and disillusionment have a wonderful effect. Sorrow makes us let go. As we stop chasing futile and ultimately painful goals, we embark on the spiritual path with superior strength and resolve.
~Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche
when we begin to understand impermanence, we level out our truths to include all the places we hide…..
inquiry for today~ come home. just come home.
I asked the Dalai Lama what it was like to wake up with joy, and he shared his experience each morning. “I think if you are an intensely religious believer, as soon as you wake up, you thank God for another day. And you try to do God’s will. For a nontheist like myself, but who is a Buddhist, as soon as I wake up, I remember Buddha’s teaching: the importance of kindness and compassion wishing something good for others, or at least to reduce their suffering. Then I remember that everything is interrelated, the teaching of interdependence. So then I set my intention for the days that this day should be meaningful. Meaningful means, if possible, serve and help others. If not possible, then at least not to harm others. That’s a meaningful day.”