Meditation & Health #27 – Editor’s Words
Nothing ever stays the same. As Heraclitus, the Greek philosopher, pointed out, “No man ever steps in the same river twice.” A river may have a name but the ever-flowing water does not make it the same river, and he is not the same man either.
When things are not going smoothly, we find solace in the knowledge that the situation will not stay the same; at some point, it will change for the better. Conversely, when life is a beautiful garden, we want the happy times to stay. If we become complacent with life, change can cause disorientation, confusion and even shock.
Change is unavoidable. As Master JinBodhi advises, letting go, learning to forgive and cultivating a magnanimous heart will enable you to emerge from troubles strong and beautiful, your wisdom shining.
The changes in our world are many and varied and happening every day. Discoveries in the field of genetic engineering and analyses on the impact of big data on our lives have brought us new perspectives.
When we find meaning, purpose and fulfilment within ourselves, then the unpredictable changes in life will have no grip on us. In good times or bad, sunny days or stormy weather, a bright light will continue to glow within our hearts.
Life is fair. Yes, fair. It doesn’t treat everyone equal. It’s up to the individual to decide whether to treat the ever-changing life on Earth as a gift or a constant battle.