originally posted Dec 14, 2013
The self is only made of non-self elements.
But before we can truly understand our nature of non-self
we must understand ourself, first. ~Thich Nhat Hanh
Since beginning-less time
impelling energies & matter
from form to emptiness
and back again
through space, including earth
who photosynthesized, swam, crawled,
flew, walked, then stood up,
until co-arising as a self
for the sake of argument
we can call me,
in this moment’s configuration.
quick, get a selfie!
as this self will die
and be reborn
in each new moment.
Five streams flowing, eternally.
First, body: who’s physiology burns calories to fuel it’s movement, bearing new cells as old ones age, and die.
Second, perception: streams in a feast of images, sounds and contact through eye, ear, nose, tongue and touch.
Third, feelings: experienced as pleasures, pains, comfort, and discomfort in heart, mind and body.
Forth, thoughts: appear, interpreting, analyzing, judging, valuing what is happening, has happened and may or may not happen.
Fifth, consciousness: colors all physical and mental formations
mystically owing from individual and collective karma impressions.
An ever-changing self
as a drop in the river
And at least for now
among every transcendent river
past, present and future.