What is here, is good enough

Of course we can always imagine more perfect conditions, how it should be ideally, how everyone should behave. But it is not our task to create an ideal. It’s our task to see how it is, and to learn from the world as it is. For the awakening of the heart, conditions are always good enough.

Ajahn Sumedho

Complaining

Complaining is one of the ego’s favorite strategies for strengthening itself….

The ego loves to complain and feel resentful not only about other people but also about situations.

What you can do to a person, you can also do to a situation: make it into an enemy.

The implication is always: this should not be happening;

I don’t want to be here; I don’t want to be doing this; I’m being treated unfairly.

And the ego’s greatest enemy of all is, of course, the present moment, which is to say, life itself

Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth

Our futile attempts to resist change

A severe weather system is passing over Ireland, with heavy snow forecast, causing a lot of concern and even, panic buying of bread in the supermarkets. A change in the normal circumstances causes uncertainty and reveals that, deep down, we think things should always remain the same. Instinctively,  we seem to try to make some moments last forever.  Nature teaches us that no matter how much we wish or try to control things, tomorrow may not look the same as today. Changes in circumstances in life, like the weather, are a given; happiness – or unhappiness – comes from our response to that given.

High winds do not last all morning

Heavy rain does not last all day

Why is this? Such is Heaven and Earth!

If heaven and earth cannot make things eternal

Why do we think it happens for us?

Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching