Impermanence, by Marygrace Lomboy
Change is a part of life. It can be exhilarating, frightening, exhausting or relieving. It can spark emotions such as sadness, happiness, resistance or grasping and striving for things to stay the same.
Just as the summer is coming to a close and the kids are back to school, there is a quietness to our home. A feeling of emptiness that make our walls seem just a bit wider and the house much larger. The buzz of “what’s for dinner” or “can a friend join us tonight?” seems distant.
This idea of impermanence – that nothing ever stays the same comes to mind.
Do we resist impermanence or do we approach change with an openness and a non clinging, non striving attitude?
With clinging and resistance, there comes suffering.
Can we instead embrace the flow, the rhythm, that all things are coming and going? Like the clouds passing overhead and the waves in the ocean rising and falling…
Impermanence is the reality of life. Learning to let go and being mindful in the moment to moment arising and passing of each perceivable experience creates ease and grace in our lives.
A quote from a Thai meditation master, Ajahn Chah states…
“If you let go a little, you will have a little happiness
If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of happiness
If you let go completely, you will be free.”