The Year of Change
This year has turned out to be the year that everything changes, for everyone I suppose. Elections and what not here in the United States. For me however there have been plenty of personal life changes. For those of you who don’t know I am a disabled Veteran of the United States Army. That’s right this peace loving hippie was once a soldier *chuckles*.
This year is the year my claim with the VA was finally approved. Financial situations changed and now I am looking at buying my first house. As things are pending I find that its a perfect time to let go of material possessions that no longer serve me. Let go of earthy attachments. The important lesson I have learned is, as my grandfather would put it, “the sun shines on a dog’s ass once in awhile!”.
According to the teachings of the Buddha, life is comparable to a river. It is a progressive moment, a successive series of different moments, joining together to give the impression of one continuous flow. It moves from cause to cause, effect to effect, one point to another, one state of existence to another, giving an outward impression that it is one continuous and unified movement, where as in reality it is not. The river of yesterday is not the same as the river of today. The river of this moment is not going to be the same as the river of the next moment. So does life. It changes continuously, becomes something or the other from moment to moment.
Even from a scientific point of view this is true. We know cell divisions take place in each living being continuously. Old cells in our bodies die and yield place continuously to the new ones that are forming. Like the waves in a sea, every moment, many thoughts arise and die in each individual . Psychologically and physically he is never the same all the time. Technically speaking, no individual is ever composed of the same amount of energy. Mental stuff and cellular material all the time. He is subject to change and the change is a continuous movement.
So when you find yourself dealing with issues that arise, take comfort in knowing that in this existence, the only thing that is constant is that everything changes at its own pace and in its own time.