Spring is here and change is the only constant in our lives. Connecting to nature is by far one of the most healing things we can do for ourselves and I hope that you take time to do so during this magical time of the year. And, in tuning into nature and our inner wisdom, we also face the impermanence that riddles our lives.
At first glance, one might say that enjoying life and accepting impermanence is a contradiction. But a closer, more heartfelt look reveals them to be quite complementary. While touching on this topic may cause discomfort or unease, avoiding this reality of life causes even more suffering along with a painful sense of separation from one another and our True Selves.
I have recently been tuning into what our elder teachers have to say about living fully through embracing impermanence. I must say, there is a lot of good stuff out there. Ram Dass has been posting on the subject frequently on Facebook and it sure is a breath of spring air! He recently shared his reply to a father who expressed concerns about how to raise his young child in a world that seems so uncertain. Ram Dass' response is both startling and affirming at the same time.
Stephen Levine, another elder teacher on how to live fully, once shared:
“If there is a single definition of healing
it is to enter with mercy and awareness
those pains, mental and physical,
from which we have withdrawn in judgment and dismay.”
I hope that you and I continue to support our community in healing, growing, and living fully as we are reminded of the fleeting beauty of a springtime blossom. And through our awareness of impermanence, we come to realize that energy never dies!
Love and Peace,