Impermanence -change- is the nature of our existence.
This morning the wind is strong and brings huge wet snow flakes. They don’t stick. From my study window I watch the grey and white clouds quickly pass overhead. Their passing is interrupted by blue sky and sunshine. Our thoughts are like clouds; they can be observed to come and go.
Sometimes we choose to hang on to a thought. We ruminate, assign huge judgment and emotion and give a thought power. If it is a positive thought it might empower us to move forward and achieve great things. If it is negative it may fuel fear, anger, bitterness, resentment or shame. It is important to release thoughts that do not serve us and forgive ourselves and others for the past.
We tend to bless those people in our lives who love and help us. We hold on to negative thoughts about those people and events that we judge as negative-those who cause pain.
A very successful business woman once asked, “ I wonder what my life would have been like if I had a loving mother and father?”. She had been abandoned as a child. In the present she had a happy, successful life. She had a loving partner and still she was carrying around the weight of her past instead of fully embracing the present. There is beauty and power in impermanence.
It is the challenges we are given that develop our strength. I have shared time and space with hundreds of heroes. Men, women and children who have had the courage to look at abuse, neglect, addiction, depression, anxiety and betrayal with discernment and forgiveness and choose to create loving, abundant lives. They released oppressive thoughts and created new ones.
“Thanks to impermanence, everything is possible.” ~ Nhat Hanh
Take a breathe and get comfortable with these ideas. They provide us with the power to create what we desire in our lives.
Check out Oprah’s story about finding closure with her mother on YouTube.
I’m flying back next WED. I hope to see you on Sat., March 7 and Sat. March 14 for Reflection and Meditation.