All emotions are impermanent. Your happiness will not last. So enjoy it now, dance, be laugh like a fool, laugh like a sage, because one day you will be sad. And your sadness will not last, so be sad. Cry if you must. But know that you will be happy again. All things in life are subject to change, that is why it is so important to live in the now.
"You can not get out of now. And you never will!" - Alan W. Watts.
"Through our eyes, the universe is perceiving itself. Through our ears, the universe is listening to its harmonies. We are the witnesses through which the universe becomes conscious of its glory, of its magnificence." - Alan W. Watts
'Anyone who, even for a second, feels a pure, clear confidence on hearing the truth will experience immeasurable happiness. Why? Because, at that moment, that person is not caught up in the concept of a self or a living being or a life span. He is not caught up concepts about the world, nor is he caught up in concepts about nothingness. He does not take any notice of the idea that this or that is a sign, or that this or that is not a sign.
For if you are caught up in ideas, then you will be caught up in the self. And even if you are caught up in ideas about nothingness, you will still be caught up in the self. That’s why we should not get attached to the belief that things either exist or do not exist. This is the hidden meaning when I say that my teachings are a raft to be abandoned when you see true being.’
- Diamond Sutra, The Buddha Speaks, A book of guidance from the Buddhist scriptures edited by Anne Bancroft.
floridsmoke asked: How can I not cling to people in my life? Everyone I meet carries great importance to me and letting them go is hard for me to understand
Here is a good question to ask of your clinging: What is its purpose?
When life is uncertain, it is not your clinging that keeps them here; it is your love. And when it comes to life’s vicissitudes, no matter how much you love and cling, those people will leave your life. Be it through change or death.
So while clinging pretends to be of use, it is not. It’s like worrying.
Furthermore, if you are clinging, then there is less room for everything else. Less room for love, less room for lightheartedness, less room for freedom. All of this is overshadowed by the need to control, which is all that clinging boils down to: control.
Therefore not to cling means to surrender your control, which you never really had. Love fully not because you are afraid to lose these people but because they are so important to you. Appreciate them but don’t try to control them. Give them freedom.
"If you love a flower, don’t pick it up.
Because if you pick it up it dies and it ceases to be what you love.
So if you love a flower, let it be.
Love is not about possession.
Love is about appreciation.”
Don’t try to possess. Not only will you fail but you will suffer.
Yet when you let go you will see for yourself that they do not go anywhere. They are still here.
So why cling in the first place? Another good question to ask yourself.
Namaste :) Much love
1. Set right yourself before seeking to set right the world.
2. Explore everything but cling to nothing.
3. Hold truth above personal preferences.
4. Realize that you are not seeking to get away or change but rather to no longer need to get away or change. The path is here and now, wherever you are."