Impermanence

Nothing lasts forever, even if we want it to – if it is pleasant.

Security, control, guaranties is what we long for, and we do our best to convince ourselves that we have got it.

But we do not know. Nobody knows what is going to happen. We think we know, but in reality we do not. We do not know if we are going to hear a bird singing through the open window, we do not know if the telephone is going to ring and we do not know if there is an occurring problem at the power plant so that our electricity is cut off.

We know that we ordered a ticket for a vacation, but we did not know that corona was coming and destroying our plans.

So the suggestion is for your next formal practise session to lean into this impermanence. What does it feel like? Where in your body do you experience sensations that has to do with the feeling? Which thoughts does the state of impermanence give rise to? And let go of it, whatever it is, just notice, just be aware. Be curious – oh, this is what impermanence feels like for me today! Oh – these are my thought on impermanence in this present moment! How interesting! And let go.

The nice fluffy wool in the picture was not always like this, it was on a sheep, the sheep had a “haircut”, the wool was washed, sorted and fluffed op. It is not going to stay like this, it is going to be carded, spun and maybe plant dyed and maybe it will become part of a weaving. Time will tell, we do not know. The only thing we do know is that it will not stay the same.

Anne Vinter, 02.09.2020

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