The Second Mind Changing

The Second Mind Changing

dandelionReflecting on the preciousness of this life is intimately connected with the second mind changing: life is to be met with sacredness as it is so beautifully and poignantly fleeting. I imagine that contemplating impermanence when you are so young, with expectations of so much ahead will be challenging as even most adults need a crisis to reflect on the unpredictable aspects of life.

In Buddhism one allows this invisible instigator of preciousness to function as a catalyst for developing vivid awareness, for cultivating the ability to ride the flow of change fluidly, knowing nothing in this world stays the same.

Contemplate your own ever changing metamorphosis by observing all your dynamically changing feelings in one day. Start now, being aware of how you are feeling just this moment and see if you can detect when this feeling changes and becomes another feeling. At the end of the day reflect back on this moment and retrace all the changing feelings you had in one day!

Comments

  1. Thank you for these words today. I am a yoga studio owner, hospice patient care volunteer and Death Care midwife.
    So these words are especially meaningful to me.

    Much gratitude to you for the work you do in this world and for keeping me inspired.

    —Akhila
    Dragonfly Yoga & Wellness http://www.pennvalleyoga.com

  2. On October 6th, my sister who was diagnosed with late stage lung cancer exactly a year ago will be publishing her first book – “The Cancer Whisperer: How to Let Cancer Heal Your Life”. Her oncologist thought she would be dead last Christmas. Instead she is thriving and learning from cancer. Her close encounter with death has been a wake-up call ,for her especially but for me too as her sister. She inspires me to live my life now, to embrace the preciousness and fragility of life with strength and courage, to not wait, to not think “Oh, I’d like to do that at some point” but to begin it Now. Every day I take Refuge in the teachings of Buddhism, that you so beautifully shared at Moulin. I am indebted to these teachings and profoundly grateful to you as my teacher. Life is precious and each moment is sacred.