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“Thanks to impermanence, everything is possible.”

― Thích Nhất HạnhGoing Home: Jesus and Buddha as Brothers

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Photo Courtesy Ed Ogle

Everything changes.

Between my 31st and 34th year, my grandmother, father, sister, two uncles, aunt, landlady and her daughter (both good friends) died.  My father and sister were the closest people to me at that time in my life.

I mourned and remembered my pain was impermanent.   For over a year, I meditated one and half hours every day, turned off all sources of media, went to graduate school and let go of relationships that weren’t serving me.

I landed on my feet with a new diploma, a new and more exciting career, new boyfriend and a profound respect for the fragility of life.

Change is also subtle. Look at a picture of yourself fifteen years ago.  You look different today yet, on a daily basis, you can’t see the subtle changes happening in your body.

Look at your relationships with your siblings, spouses, and children.  They change constantly and subtly.

A friend is upset about a conflict they are having with their significant other.  We talk about it.

A week later I call them to make sure they are OK and ask “How is everything?”

They respond “Great!”

Frequently, they can’t even remember why they were upset when we talked a week ago.

Everything changes.

Mindful Love Exercise Saturday and Sunday Sit for five minutes each day.  What happened over the last twenty four hours that made you uncomfortable?  How long did that feeling of discomfort last? If it feels like a vice on your brain or like a magnet with iron, release it. Let it go.  All feelings are transient.

 

 

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