A reminder from the highest peak:
‘In Tibetan, the word for “body” is lü, which means “something you leave behind,” like baggage. Each time we say lü, it reminds us that we are only travelers, taking temporary refuge in this life and this body. In Tibet, people did not distract themselves by spending all their time trying to make their external circumstances more comfortable. They were satisfied if they had enough to eat, clothes on their backs, and a roof over their heads.
‘Going on, as we do, obsessively trying to improve our conditions, can become an end in itself, and a pointless distraction.
‘Would people in their right mind think of fastidiously redecorating their hotel room every time they checked in to one? ‘
– Sogyal Rinpoche