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If the mind is our thoughts, then what observes those thoughts? What are we without thoughts? Do we ever truly see an object, or only its mental reconstruction?
Video: “Taste of Buddhism: Nothing Lasts, Everything Changes – How to Embrace Impermanence” at Tse Chen Ling
We cling to things as if they won’t change, but as the Coronavirus reveals, change is the nature of reality. By embracing impermanence we release fear and anxiety and become more fully present to those around us.
We share the meditation technique of Taking and Giving (Tonglen) that soothes our own fear and anxiety through imagining how others are suffering just as we are, and sincerely wishing to help, to take away our own and others’ pain during the Coronavirus/Covid-19 crisis.
Meditation has become popular as a way to help reduce stress, be focused at work, sleep better, or simply relax. Yet meditation isn’t just a tool to improve focus or relax, but a way to strengthen the positive qualities we all naturally possess: compassion, kindness, generosity, patience, humor, and finding joy in everyday life.