It is in our daily experience that life is constantly changing – situations change, people change, our moods, thoughts, ideas, surroundings – everything changes. Nothing has ever stayed constantly the same, everything is in a flux.
Today you enjoy spending time with someone, after a while you might not remember them anymore.
You have a beautiful and fancy dress today but next season it is already out of fashion.
You have your breakfast in the morning and by the time you get to work you don’t remember anything about it.
Everything is moving, changing shape, this is the nature of things. Everything in the phenomenal world is in motion – it comes into existence, undergoes a transformation and then goes out of existence again. This is the very fact of our experience.
Has anything come and stayed, without moving, without changing? I don’t think so.
The most important key to a happy and fulfilled life is understanding the momentary nature of all that appears.
This is the very foundation of all ancient wisdom and knowledge. The Buddha himself was mainly pointing to the fact that the source of our suffering and unhappiness is not understanding life and clinging to things which are by nature changeful.
And this wisdom and knowledge is timeless, true and valid until today.
Whenever we hold on too tightly to things which are momentary and impermanent we are bound to be disappointed and frustrated at one point. Trying to fix and make eternal that which is by nature temporary and changeful is a sure way for suffering because it is simply not possible.
The key lies in discovering our true Self and nature and understanding, appreciating and enjoying things in their momentary appearance without clinging or trying to hold them beyond their time and natural course.
The truth is that there is something which is unchanging and constant but it is not part of the phenomenal appearances.
It is the core of our Being, it is our true Self, but not the imagined self made up of stories, ideas, memories, fears and desires, but our pure Being which is always present, distanceless and available. But we simply haven’t looked at ourselves and life more deeply because we have been to busy chasing momentary things which are bound to pass and leave us ultimately unsatisfied and frustrated.
When you realize that everything is changing but there is something in you which does not change and that this something is your own true Self, the source of joy itself you don’t need to cling anymore to small things on the outside because you have found your real treasure within.
And that’s the essence of the ancient wisdom and knowledge of our Self and nature and the source of happiness and peace itself.