Last week, I came down with a cold and was reflecting on the experience. The body was sick, the mind foggy, but peace and happiness where undisturbed.
This reminded me of a verse in the Bhagavad Gita
Weapons cannot cleave him,
nor fire burn him;
water cannot wet him,
nor wind dry him away.
Notice how this mentions examples from 4 of the elements. The true Self is not under the influence of the elements. In fact, the elements rise from it so it’s the other way around.
Not much work happened on the book preparations but I knew the experience was temporary and would soon pass. I went with it.
Certain indeed is death for the born
and certain is birth for the dead;
therefore over the inevitable
you should not grieve.
The day after I got sick, we had a large dump of snow which has hung around. This has enforced taking it easy. (laughs)
All is well. All is always well, whatever the appearance. There is no suffering though there may occasionally be annoyances. 🙂