Today is the day that we in this corner of the world shift, is it to or from (I can never keep it straight), daylight savings time. During a meditation I was attending, I began to think - the sun rises and sets, the moon appears and recedes, the season follow their well worn paths. And we find ways to build structures, concepts, that we overlay upon these natural and organic processes. We assign numerical values called seconds, minutes, hours, months, years, etc. We designate daylight savings time and standard time. Then we build further structural concepts, "I hate getting up early," or "I love the morning hours." "It's important to be punctual," or "I always try to arrive fashionably late." These thoughts then become the springboard for further stories, interpretations, and emotion. And the concept building goes on and on.
How like the mind. We think certain thoughts, we experience various emotions, and we find ourselves building concepts, "I am having these thoughts, these emotions." "These thoughts or emotions are good or bad." "I am good or bad for having these thoughts or emotions." When in fact, just like the sun, the moon, the seasons, thought and emotion are simply phenomena arising and falling away. Certainly, like the presence of the sun or the turning of the seasons, it is good to be aware of these psychophysical phenomena, to respond to the current status of things. And also to see that these ways of engagement are just concepts and not necessarily real in an absolute sense.
Concepts, even what is written here, all in some sense make-believe. Real and illusory at the same time.
Now I gotta go. I'm running late!!! :-)