PERSPECTIVE & IMPERMANENCE

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September is a tough month in Rockaway. Marking the end of our blissful summer and multiple celebrations, the anniversary of 9/11, and then moving on to the “natural” event that uprooted us in October 2012. All of a sudden, we feel tough inside and bracing for whatever the future holds. 

What seems imperative to me is to keep my perspective: where I am at this moment in time. What do I see? What do I feel? What do I smell? What do I taste?  What do I hear?  There is so much we cannot control, so much we cannot foresee, so much we cannot change.  What we must do is to have a secure foundation-place so that we can deal with whatever comes our way. To maintain a perspective – an outlook, a frame of mind –  that sustains us in times of trouble and carries us through the joyful ones. That foundation-place might get rooted in to our beings through quiet reflection, or through a few minutes of meditation (mind empty of thoughts with awareness of being in your seat), or during a walk or run or whatever can bring you to yourself. As we know, whether we worry or not, the situation is the situation, and worry causes stress and stress causes dis-ease.  So, perhaps we can intend to have a frame of mind on a daily basis that is comfortable and accepting of where we are at this moment in time.

I am reminded of a dharma talk and meditation I attended during my yoga teacher training.  The small community in Todos Santos had just lost a very good friend in a tragic accident. The dharma teacher was searching for understanding during the long talk and kept on coming to the word “impermanence.” There are durations – time spans for everything:  vacations, schooling, holidays, childhoods, and yes, life. Nothing is permanent. A moment happens and then it passes. And that moment is different for each and every one of us. All of the time spans in our lives happen and pass. And so it is with each of our lives. Maintaining this perspective on being here on this planet for however long that is leads to an acceptance of life as it really is: impermanent, lovely, sad, joyous, heavy, light, and on and on and on.

We bless someone with our presence every time we spend time. What I call spirit-kindness – a kind action that springs from deep within with no agenda – just for the sake of the act – is a way to make life meaningful.  Many spirit-kindness acts can give a sense of ease in life and acceptance of the impermanence of it all. We don’t know why someone lives to 100 and someone else ‘til four years old.  What we can realize is that it is the quality of the time we spend any time we are with someone that makes the difference and fosters a meaningful life. 

May you be happy.  May you be free.  May you be grateful.  May you let go of things that do not serve you.  May you have inner peace. 

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