A great meditation from Sharon Salzberg!
We tell ourselves stories, don’t we? Our stories that make up our world. Most stories are made-up stories: nothing exists. Think about it. This body is a hollow tube of air, wires, fluid, electrical impuses, bones & meat that hold together the hollowness, & interacts with the world to sustain itself and in turn gives/takes something back and forth to the world, there is no “self”, there is no ego, there are only experiences (where does that self exist? It exists everywhere it exists nowhere). These experiences make our “stories”, stories shape our emotions. Yet _that_ story, the perceived reality of the world, the shape changes every moment.
Who changes and what does not change?
QED: our stories do not exist.
We can recognise those stories, examine them, understand their reality, and get rid of it, move on from them without getting attached as we know another story will take their place, we can change the stories to find a deeper truth hidden in ourselves. Then, as we realise that there is no self to tell the stories, there are experiences and there are realities.
How our realities change with the stories that change.
Take Sharon’s interaction with Dipa Ma. Isn’t it interesting as how Dipa Ma changed Sharon’s story? She turned around Sharon’s sense of “self” and “ego” (that “ ‘I’ am returning to India”) to something different (“… you ‘Change’ others through your experiences”). Something that dissolves your boundaries of the “self” and “ego” and suddenly the world opens before you and you in the world. We are in this world, not of this world.
What is the story you are telling yourself now?