Just how things are

“There is no one thing that can make us happy. When we expect stability from the world of things we make ourselves vulnerable to disappointment. When things change, a they inevitably do, we think the phenomenal world has turned on us, our bodies disappoint us , the pleasant feeling we got from our meditation session yesterday won’t come back. Even chocolate cake and apple pie let’s down!…The fact that we cannot ultimately depend on the world is not a punishment; it’s just how things are…. How do we appreciate life – our relationships, our physical bodies, Beethoven’s concerto No.5 in E-Flat Major – without holding onto it as something that will last and continue to bring us pleasure?”

Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel

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