One of the key lessons the Buddha taught is who you are isn’t who you think you are.
You might think of yourself as this body.
Or maybe these thoughts.
Or perhaps you’re a “soul”, “consciousness” or other abstract label.
The way Buddha describes it, whatever “you” are is something that stays with you your whole life.
Something you can control.
Your body changes on its own.
Your thoughts change – at least, I hope they do.
But it’s always “you” experiencing these changes.
And yet, impermanence and dissatisfaction are the “death and taxes” of the Buddhist doctrine – you can’t avoid them.
Nothing is permanent.
And, as a biological, self-aware entity, you change far more than most things. That rock is going to keep being a rock for a thousand years. But a pretty interesting week will change you forever.
So whatever unchanging thing the “you” who is thinking about all this is… well, it mustn’t bear much relation to this body or these thoughts.
Most folk don’t think of themselves as their bodies. Losing an arm changes what they can do, but it doesn’t change who they are.
A few folk realise they aren’t their thoughts. How can they be, when their thoughts change all the time?
The simplest answer?
There is no “you”.
It’s one of the world’s most intriguing illusions. The self doesn’t exist, but some part of the human mind thinks it does.
You might reject this philosophy. If you do, keep in mind my 200-or-so word explanation doesn’t do the full thing justice. The Buddha says it better.
But if you do embrace it, it’s great news.
Any problem you face isn’t “you”.
It’s not even “yours”.
It’s just a thing that’s happening to a human being.
That level of distance can give you the power to change it.
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