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The Importance of Embracing Impermanence

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As we all face new changes to our lifestyles every day and even every hour; I can’t stop thinking about how we have to embrace impermanence as a survival skill at this time. 

For most of us, we have not faced this kind of massive devastation in our lifetime. Raging fright is driving people to panic into high-stakes, fictional, catastrophic conclusions for what might happen next. 

Thousands of years ago, before there was even the thought of the globalization we’re living, Buddha named impermanence (annica) as one the “Three Marks of Existence.”

Before COVID-19 most of our shifts were small: an old building is torn down and bigger, new one replaces it, a yoga teacher moves away, or our favorite tv series ends. But now we are experiencing a much greater, radical change.  

When I think about the 401K that I was depending on (that probably is not going to be there) I realize, deep down, I believed I could always depend on it and I have to take responsibility for that unconsciousness. 

Maybe we all took some things for granted; our health, seeing friends and family face in person, or being free to roam wherever we wanted. 

By accepting that impermanence is inevitable, it makes it easier to let go of what was and settle into what is. 

This is a time to grieve and do what you need to do to adjust. Everyone has lost something at some level and we have to be patient with ourselves and kind to others as we all reconcile what we have been impacted by. 

And while you’re hunkered down keep this in mind for when you’re ready…

Fear is feeding and believing in scarcity. Instead, have faith in abundance. Our world will rebound. This is not a permanent situation. In time, we will thrive again!

Wishing you all love, light, and peace…

 

March 25, 2020 at 6:50 pm Leave a comment

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