Every Sunday my iStuff reminds me it’s time to write my blog. More often than not, it feels like there are so many things swirling around my head, I don’t know which one to pick. (I’ve also been putting most of my writing energy into my book project, which is shaping up with the working title of “For Those Who Dare to Teach.”). Yesterday was no different. I would like to tell everyone who has even the faintest inclination to vote for Donald Trump to watch John Oliver’s evisceration of him (#MakeDonaldDrumpfAgain). But I let Donald slip into my last blog and I wouldn’t want anyone to think I’m obsessing about him. I’d like to share some observations from the Oscars including the value of working against racism, yet the irony of going over the top to address one flavor while exhibiting several instances of another (did you catch the Asian-Americans are good at math and have small penises jokes? Where was Chris Rock then?). Those are just a couple of examples. I read a useful piece not long ago suggesting that momentum is more important than clarity. In that spirit, I’m picking one idea among the many and I hope it’s useful for you.

As I’ve spent much time this year in yoga teacher training, including a week of Yin yoga with Bernie Clark in Vancouver, I’ve been happy to get more deeply into the underlying philosophy and ethics that are as much a part of yoga as the postures and breathing. This morning I was doing a yin yoga class on video with Bernie, and he shared some stories related to Buddha’s notions about three characteristics of existence. I got to thinking about “anicca” or impermanence. So often it seems that impermanence provokes a negative mood; we associate it with death and fear. But so much of the joy of life rests on impermanence. If we really got how fleeting things are, we could take that as inspiration to savor them more. If the core of enlightenment and greater delight is about being preseApple Blossomsnt, then impermanence could be a loud call back to the present moment. Knowing that this stage in your child’s life, this time in your relationship, this split second in how nature is manifesting is not going to last could be motivation to appreciate the beauty and magnificence more fully.

If I’ve learned anything from nearly 30 years of meditating, it’s that my mind is disposed toward planning. I tend to be more caught up in the future than Marty McFly. If it weren’t for impermanence, I could easily lose more of my life with my attention out in front of myself. There are beautiful flowers that bloom on the trees in my backyard. I appreciate them so much more knowing that they will only be there for a short time.

Some quotations on impermanence:
“Anyone who has lost something they thought was theirs forever finally comes to realise that nothing really belongs to them.” ― Paulo Coelho

“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.” ― Heraclitus

Perhaps Alan Watts said it best, “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”

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