Photo: CA Hawthorne

Photo: CA Hawthorne

Far too often we slip into denial or turn away when faced with circumstances we find unpleasant. Earlier this week I did exactly that and learned a lesson I’d accepted, but failed to apply.

In Pema Chödrön’s book, The Places That Scare You, she asserts that it’s often our refusal to admit life’s impermanence. After all, to accept that “everything is in process” is to not only acknowledge that life holds joy, but, too, suffering. Chödrön, a Buddhist nun with a great many books to her credit, asserts that we believe resisting impermanence protects us from suffering. The truth is…

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About Ontyre Passages

Alive and well in the Rocky Mountains. I'm a fantasy writer who also dabbles in poetry, short stories, and map making. My Ontyre tales are an alternative fantasy experience, the stories rich in mystery, adventure, and romance. Alternative fantasy? Not quite steampunk. Not quite gothic. In truth, the real magic is in those who discover what's within.
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2 Responses to Impermanence

  1. tmezpoetry says:

    The type of post I needed to read this week and a good reminder that ‘unpleasantness’ is the type of thing that gets moodier by the hour hehe.

    • It does become moodier unless we accept it, examine it, and let it go. Of course, there would have been far less humor in the story if I’d done that when I should have.

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