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Change, Impermanence, and Uncertainty

This one is from Ben:

We know that all is impermanent but we want certainty and expect permanence. We use our daily activity as a shield against the fundamental ambiguity of our situation, expending tremendous effort trying to ward off uncertainty and impermanence. Believing we can somehow miraculously escape the truth of impermanence we run to doctors and obey their orders. We don't like it that our bodies change shape. We cling to a fixed idea of who we are and that can cripple many of us. But nothing and no one is fixed. Whether the reality of change is a source of freedom for us or a source of horrific anxiety makes a significant difference to the quality of our life. Ask yourself, do the days of your life add up to further suffering or to increase capacity for joy? Could moving towards the places that scare us inform our lives that we have nothing to lose but the fear of change itself? If we accept that change and even pain as inherent elements of living will this understanding create the causes and conditions for happiness? Some believe finding the courage to go to the places that scare us cannot happen without compassionate inquiry of the workings of our mind. What does it mean for you to aspire to connect with the natural flexibility of your own being and helping others do the same?

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  • Katherine L M.

    I want to clarify that I was referring to myself as one who had talked a lot and so may have thought at the time that I was contributing more wisely to the discussion than was the case. I thought the rest of you created the good, broad-ranging discussion.

    October 7, 2013

  • Katherine L M.

    When one talks a lot, one's judgment is a little suspect, but i thought it was a very good, broad- ranging discussion--and that the statement of the subject elicited that. Interesting.
    Thanks all.

    October 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Headlights not working - not fuse - needs service. Sorry.

    October 5, 2013

    • jon b.

      Where are you coming from? Maybe someone can give you a lift

      October 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    "Something" has come up and I could be late or not show up at all and I could also be there early. Depends on whether or not "something" runs amok.

    October 5, 2013

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