Impermanence

by Marcus on September 11, 2011

As I took Louis for his morning walk, I couldn’t help but notice that there is a lot new development/building work going on in Dawlish at the moment.

As I continued walking I started to reflect on the nature of change.

To paraphrase the Greek philosopher Heraclitus

‘The only constant is change.’

I realised that my natural ‘stance‘ is to resist change. To try and keep things permanent.

Looking around me it was obvious that this struggle to keep things the same is against nature. Nature is always changing. As I sit in my office and write this, Summer is changing to Spring.

I later found this quote by Thich Nhat Hanh that I think sums it up beautifully:

It is not because of impermanence that we suffer, but because of our ideas about permanence

I know it’s an old hippy cliche, but it’s true: ‘Go with the flow

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