Pema Chodron writes in a book called “Comfortable With Uncertainty”:
According to the Buddha, the lives of all beings are marked by three characteristics: impermanence, egolessness, and suffering or dissatisfaction. Recognizing these qualities to be real and true in our own experience helps us to relax with things as they are. The first mark is impermanence. That nothing is static or fixed, that all is fleeting and changing, is the first mark of existence. We don’t have to be mystics or physicists to know this. Yet at the level of personal experience, we resist this basic fact. It means that life isn’t always going to go our way. It mean’s there’s loss as well as gain. And we don’t like that. …We experience impermanence at the every day level as frustration. We use our daily activity as a shield against the fundamental ambiguity of our situation, expending tremendous energy trying to ward off impermanence and death. …The Buddhist teachings aspire to set us free from this limited way of relating to impermanence. They encourage us to relax gradually and wholeheartedly into the ordinary and obvious truth of change.”
Beautiful, Scilla, both the photograph and your words. Thank you for sharing your story.
Thank you for listening, Naomi!
It is always my pleasure, Scilla.
It is even easier to get in the prairie from my parent’s house since it backs up to it and we have what we like to use as our own secret entrance!.
So looking forward to it, Katie!! I can’t tell you… I always found the ground there to be perfect for absorbing tears of joy and change.
Thank you for giving us such an intimate part of yourself. I share your ability to connect spiritually with nature. I sense the rhythm that you find by returning to your place of quiet–your sanctuary to meditate and ponder.
I always feel gratified to know that there are plenty of others who connect spiritually with nature. It gives me hope that collectively we may do something to offset the destruction wrought by those who don’t.
What a wonderful place Scilla!
It truly is!
Bonito Relato Scillagrace, e Impresionante Fotografía… Un Saludo.