What is it about human nature that makes us resistant to change. Most people I know don’t like it. How many times have you complained about the grocery store reorganizing the aisles, the cable line up changing, or your favorite restaurant changing the menu. Change is all around us, a constant, yet often we fight against it.
In my yoga class a couple of weeks ago, I was reminded how beautiful change really is, and how terrible life would be without it. It was a yin class where each asana (pose) was held for three to five minutes. While in one asana, concentrating on my breath to drowned out the sound of my quads screaming to move, my yoga instructor said “be grateful for the impermanence of life”. That thought has really stayed with me.
The impermanence of life, everything changes, always changes. Seasons change, grocery store aisles change, restaurant menus change. Without change our lives would be stuck, doing the same things everyday, much like the movie Groundhog Day. One challenge for me in my life, is to be in every moment, whether a particular hard moment or happy one, to be there and live it. Because of the impermanence of life, I know the moment will change and be part of the past, moving on to the next moment.
We eventually moved on to our next asana, but the words of my instructor have stayed with me. They remind me of a quote from Buddha. “Everything changes, nothing remains without change.”
So during this spring, the season of change and new beginnings, my hope is that we all can be grateful for the impermanence of life and recognize the blessing of change.