Things I liked when I was young but now couldn’t care less about: Airplane rides, all-you-can-eat buffets, horror movies, staying up all night. Things I enjoy now that I am older: Mozart, brown rice, meditation, spending time alone, regular exercise. We change without realizing it. We are in the midst of change even now.
Do not lament that the world has changed. Do not resent that people have changed. Evaluating the present through the memories of the past can cause sadness. Whether you like it or not, change is inevitable. Embrace and welcome it. Whether it is an object, a thought, or a feeling, if it has emerged out of emptiness, it will soon change its form and eventually retreat back to emptiness. Seekers in search of the eternal Truth must look beyond its impermanent nature and become aware of “that” which knows impermanence.”
The monk most venerated by other monks is not the one who appears most holy, preaches the best,
runs the largest temple, most accurately predicts the future, has the ability to cure illness. He is the one who teaches through his own actions. He possesses no aura of self-importance, and sacrifices himself first for the community. Spirituality must be practiced not just in solitude but also among people. Open up to people around you and feel connected. This is the true challenge of spiritual practice.
Excerpt From: Haemin Sunim. “The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down: How to Be Calm and Mindful in a Fast-Paced World”.