This too shall pass…

A student went to his meditation teacher and said, “My meditation is horrible! I feel so distracted, or my legs ache, or I’m constantly falling asleep. It’s just horrible!”
“It will pass,” the teacher said matter-of-factly.
A week later, the student came back to his teacher. “My meditation is wonderful! I feel so aware, so peaceful, so alive! It’s just wonderful!”
“It will pass,” the teacher replied matter-of-factly.

Cartoon from: http://www.artofdharma.org/archives/tag/impermanence


8 Comments on “This too shall pass…

  1. Could that be related to this notion I have about my poetry?
    -I write something that I absolutely love after first reading. I re read over and over. After several reads, I become less in awe. Then, I don’t like it at all anymore. It is stored in a pile that I dare not look into anymore. But I give in after some time, be it days, weeks, or months. Then, I think…”hmm, this is great! Why was it stored in here??”

    • Maybe! We’re funny creatures, we humans. I think we have a tendency to analyze things to death sometimes. Maybe that happens when you read your poetry over and over? Instead of seeing the beauty of the whole you get caught up in each word or nuance? Can’t see the forest for the trees as they say? I’m the same way. I tend to write my blog posts, fix them up a bit and post them quickly because otherwise I’ll be re-writing forever! It’ll never be perfect (or even close sometimes!)and part of my lesson in this life is to let go of trying to become perfect or I’ll let fear of other people’s criticism stop me in my tracks. We need to trust that what we write will reach the right people every time:)

      • Wow, thats great. Thanks for that insight. I do need to just let go of trying to perfect everything, trying to make sure it pleases everyone. I’m aware of it, gotta kick that bad habit in the butt!

  2. Haha, love the cats.
    I think this is related to a general wave-like nature of everything. There is a back-and-forth. A swing to life, so change is a constant we have to learn to ride rather than fight against. As we approach anything in life, especially mental states, we should be aware that a push in one direction will lead to an equal push back.
    Thus, you see when you feel very calm, only lack of calm can follow. And then followed again by calm. And so on.
    My understanding of the idea is to do our best to remain in the middle, to keep balance of all actions and thoughts. Any action can cause suffering of man.

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