The only constant is change. This is one of the early lessons of meditation. When people meditate, they often find a quiet place to lie down or sit. If it’s a guided meditation, they follow the directions of the guide; whether the goal is to notice different sensations in the body, foster feelings of compassion and love, or go on a relaxing journey to an imagined beach. Regardless of the type of meditation, one inevitably notices that no two moments are alike. No two breaths are the same. Thoughts and feelings arise and disappear. With each passing second, the body is a second older. Always different. Always changing.
If you are currently going through a challenging period, there are few more encouraging thoughts. Your sadness is temporary; your situation is transitory, leading to something new and different. This can’t be helped. It’s inevitable. Often in the depths of despair, it seems a constant; the sadness always present. But in the midst of meditation, our awareness finds gaps in time absent of despair. Our attention discovers moments of peace, catharsis, and love among the sorrow. We recognize the transient nature of all thoughts and feelings, providing hope for a better future.