Sometimes when I feel inspired by Dharma talks or my own insights, I like to remind myself of what I learned. This way, I can integrate the practice into everyday life better, I find.
Lately, I found talks by Joseph Goldstein incredibly valuable. In one I listened to recently, he told the story of a disciple asking his teacher how he would distill all of Buddhist teachings into one sentence. The teacher said:
And yes, a lot of dis-ease stems from some sort of clinging or attachment. And reminding myself of the permanence of change has helped me.
Also, I like to remind myself that self is an illusion, thus the current “tattoo” saying:
But what inspires me the most or seems to be the essence for me is subject to change as well, so… this tattoo will pass.