Martin Aylward | Everything changes. Nothing fully satisfies. Don’t take it personally.
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Everything changes. Nothing fully satisfies. Don’t take it personally.

Dharma teachings encourage us to reflect on the 3 characteristics of experience, as a basis for freedom: Annica, Dukkha Anatta. Everything changes. Nothing fully satisfies. Don’t take it personally.

Anicca

We can contemplate these themes in our own life situations. I’m currently travelling for 2 months, teaching. The changing nature of experience stands out in the flow of different beds, hosts, food, climates etc., and in my various responses and preferences. Even in a familiar daily routine, each moment reveals this fluidity., and acknowledging it allows us to respond more gracefully. How might you meet life more fluidly in your own situation?

Dukkha

Very often, things are imperfect! We are all at the mercy of various logistics, as well as the bigger challenges of sickness, separations and bereavements. Shit happens. We may blame ourselves or others when things are unsatisfactory, but it is quite normal. People, places and experiences can be fabulous or frustrating, but they cannot fulfil our deepest yearnings. Ironically though, the more we acknowledge that built in unsatisfactoriness, the more we relax. The more ease we find in the just-like-this-ness of experience. How might you contemplate this in your own conditions?

Anatta

Travelling, I move through different roles; Customer, friend, teacher; loved by some I meet, unnoticed by others. Who is Martin? The more we identify with our different roles, the more our ego trips us up. Our practice invites us to take ourselves less seriously. Less personally. To move freely through our different roles. How can you practice this in your own life?

 

None of it lasts

None of it is special

None of it is yours

Yet each moment is an open door,

inviting you to walk freely through it

What an opportunity

 

I wish you very well in your practice.

Martin

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