Priceless Wisdom: It Will Pass – Both Good and Bad
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.
Explanation Of The Wisdom
Change is the only permanent aspect of the universe. Don’t you see how ironic this is?
Can you see the consequences of this statement?
“It will pass.”
This applies to both positive and negative events.
If your meditation sessions are not going anywhere, don’t worry. It will pass and eventually it will be more peaceful and enjoyable.
If your meditation sessions are going great and you feel very peaceful and aware, don’t worry. It will pass and eventually you’ll have to deal with obsessive thoughts, monkey mind and resistance.
This applies to your entire life starting from your thoughts, career, relationships and health. The good stuff will turn into bad stuff. And vice versa.
Lesson: Never be too attached to anything in life. Especially to a point where you become depressed in the case you lose them.
This includes everything you value from family, business, health and friends to your own house, possesions and beliefs.
Remember that all of these are eventually going to change. And when they do, if too attached, you’ll develop psychological neurosis from depression to anxiety.
And the most irrational reaction you can give to the changes of life are surprise, anger, sadness and neediness.
And this over reaction to external events stem from your current operating model of “conditional happiness”.
Conditional happiness means that you condition your happiness to a specific circumstance and event in the external life.
- I can only be happy if my business goes well.
- I can only be happy if I go outside with my friends.
- I can only be happy if I have children.
And your ego HATES any form of negative change but LOVES any form of positive change. Don’t you think this is hypocritical of you?
Change is just change. Why do you only love the positive ones? They will eventually turn into negative ones.
Currently, if something negative happens (it will) which changes these precious conditions, then you start to bully yourself with emotions.
Can you see how stupid and irrational this is?
Understand that change is the nature of life. This is a game you are bound to lose. That is why you need to meditate and dissolve your ego. Analysis and logic will only go too far.
You basically need to stop giving the external situations the power to make you sad or happy. Because this is fully in your power. Access something permanent within. Something that doesn’t change with the whims of the universe.
There is one thing that stays with you until you die. Your being. Your essence.
To realize this, you must meditate and self enquire. In essence, you must start living from the present moment. This requires concentration, awareness and mindfulness skills.
There is only one way to put this wisdom into practical living: start a daily meditation practice and start an investigation towards enlightenment.
Theory, debates, reading, listening, talking, arguing and knowledge will only get you so far.
You must “walk the talk”.
If in doubt, remember the priceless wisdom.
“Meditate on the breath (mindfulness meditation to build concentration and awareness skills) and then self-enquire (the teachings of Ramana Maharshi) until you are free of all psychological sufferings and ego. (aka enlightenment)
Do this everyday and trust in the process that eventually your mind will be healed.
Because all good things require training and patience.
Know that as long as you do the work, the results will eventually follow.”
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