Life’s Great Lesson

“Impermanence” by jasontheaker @ http://www.flickr.com

~ “What yoga philosophy and all the great Buddhist teachings tells us is that solidity is a creation of the ordinary mind and that there never was anything permanent to begin with that we could hold on to. Life would be much easier and substantially less painful if we lived with the knowledge of impermanence as the only constant.” ~  Donna Farhi

 

Living thru seasons of change, growth, setbacks,  progress, and more change I have humbly learned that change is the only constant.  With this realization comes great comfort.  In times of stress and sadness I know that “this too shall pass”.  In times of great happiness and joy I am reminded to be present in the moment and enjoy the wonderful gift of life.

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2 responses to “Life’s Great Lesson

  1. Thanks Shanelle. I really needed to here this today. When you are thinking this too shall pass, does the thought come to you immediately when you realize the stress or does it take time for you to realize after the heat of the moment so to speak that this too shall pass? Does that make sense?

  2. Sarah,

    There was a point in my life where I was going to tattoo “This too shall pass” on my wrist so that i could look down and I would be reminded. That was a very trying time for me after my brother, Scott, died. I literally felt that I would never reach the otherside of pain where I could look back and feel something different. It seemed impossible that the pain would pass. That experience of mourning really changed a lot for me. One thing it changed for me specifically related to the above topic was that I came to the realization that life as we know it is just a temporary. Really it is. It comes and it goes. There are highs and lows. Light and darkness. And we, even being the miracles we are, don’t have ultimate control. All we can do is be like a surfer who surfs the waves of life. Sometimes we fall off our board and are dragged down by the current. As survivers, we emerge, get back on our board and continue riding the waves. With practice, we develope balance, fall off our board less frequently and figure out how to become better swimmers when we do. 😉
    So just like the current which comes and goes, we know that after a large wave comes a few moments of stillness. There is always another side to the pain. And when that realization sinks in ,whatever is causing you stress becomes littler. Less significant. It is just a wave to ride.

    That is my long way of trying to say something simple. 😉 I think it takes practice, like anything else. The more you remind yourself that “This too shall pass” the more it sinks in. I’m on this journey now, and it is getting easier and more automatic for me. The little waves don’t stress me out because I’ve learned to be a pretty good surfer ;). When the big ones come, I don’t wait until after the wave to take me down to try to remember how to swim. I just go with it, allowing it to move me as it pleases, knowing that it is impermanent.

    Thanks for the comment Sarah! I hope all is well.

    Much Love,
    Shanell

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