The title of this post is from Shakespeare's Hamlet but the Bard knew yoga, too! The quote reminds me of another Sanskrit saying "As the mind, so the man; bondage or liberation are in your own mind." This falls in line with the second Yoga Sutra from Patanjali "Yogas Citta Vrtti Nirodhah" or the English translation: The restraint of the modifications of the mind-stuff is Yoga.
We all hear the chatter of our minds. We look ahead in to the future, behind into our past but we forget the here and now. The here and now will constantly change. Time goes ahead, with or without us.
Lately I've been thinking about aging and growing older. It happens to all of us. I have a friend who says, quite frequently, that aging isn't for sissies. She's right. In our world the new, young and beautiful are highly revered. We see with our eyes. Our mind chimes in with our ego and we lust after what is to come or what has passed.
I remember feeling too young and inexperienced, particularly out of college. Then the "too young" comments were fewer and fewer. My experience broadened. I was sought after for my knowledge and it felt good. But when I looked in the mirror, I saw someone older - the face of experience. There are wrinkles, some gray hair and the skin's texture had changed. I see, very vividly, time moving onward.
In an ideal world I'd like to not be attached to the color of my hair, the smoothness and suppleness of my skin and to be accepting of the changes that are to come. But I fear that my ego chimes in again. It always will for that's its job. I turn to my ego and say "it's ok, you're just doing your job", give it a proverbial hug and move on. It's all I can do.
So when we're feeling our mind chatter it's best to examine what's the chatter? Is it something we can change for the better or is it something we need to change with?