Praying To Impermanence

” Why pray to permanence, why not pray to impermanence, to change, to – whatever comes next? Willingness is next to godliness.”Mary Oliver

Meditations in MotionAutumn, more than any other season, reminds me of transition.

The leaves on our sugar maple are mostly gone now. In early fall, the tree was ablaze with color, the flashy reds, yellows, and oranges of a sunset but now, like a fan dancer who has dropped her fans, she is naked and exposed.

Meditations in MotionThe weeds lining the stream bank beside the bike path where I sometimes run have died back, giving me a better view of the water. My dog Benji, ever the opportunist, slips down to the spring and drinks when I do not pay attention.

November makes manifest the spirit.

When we get rid of the extraneous, the ornamental, the flashy parts, the essence of a thing is revealed and we can see it more clearly.

November pares us down to our core.

In this ever-busy, hurry-through-each-moment existence, we (I) rush from one instant to the next, never remembering to slow down and appreciate this very second. As soon as I notice this little sliver of time, it’s gone. And now this one is gone too, slipped through my fingers, as it were.

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Image by Paul Brennan from Pixabay

Seeing each moment as fleeting, but worthy of notice is thrilling, intoxicating, in the same way as a roller coaster. It’s one part terrifying and one part energizing.

 

We don’t have a choice, you and I; we belong to time. Each one of our seconds is borrowed, not ours to keep. It’s gone in a heartbeat, so we may as well make the most of it, and wring out the joy when we can.

November makes us pay attention.

Praying to impermanence is not for the faint of heart, but the thrills oh, the thrills are worth it.

“For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as all our fathers were: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is no abiding.” 1 Chronicles 29:15

 

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67 comments

  1. Yes, Laurie, November definitely makes us wake up and pay attention. Here in Georgia, not all the leaves have turned, but in the wake of this recent cold front, our temperatures have definitely reminded us that winter is making its definitive entrance. Each day is precious and every moment is to be treasured. May we all slow down enough to give thanks to the One who has numbered our days.
    Blessings!

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  2. Hey doll, Thank you for this alternative look or different perspective. So good for our brains to think outside the box and to look at things from a different vantage point. November is a month of transition in so many ways. Our minds are racing forward to the holidays and then beyond, to the new year. I have to remind myself when days are tough, that this too shall pass.
    Thank you for a thought-provoking post.
    Adding you to my Bloglovin’ feed.

    You asked about my virtual book club. I will try to send you an invite if I can find you on Facebook. Please email me your email address so I can add you to the email group. I send out summaries for the books we are voting on and the voting info at the end of each month for the upcoming month. We are reading Christmas Shopaholic, which is lighter fare for us, but it was time for something fun. My email address is mommyhon333@hotmail.com. Thank you for your interest!

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    • Thank you for your kind comment. November is a great time to remind myself to slow down and enjoy today! We do tend to look ahead to the Holidays.

      I just checked the book club. It still says “pending” for membership. My email address is lahess@rocketmail.com. Thank you!

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  3. I don’t like November at all it makes me feel without energy and I see everything in black ! After the year’s end festivities it will get better ! Days are so short it’s dark already at five !

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  4. November in Australia is Springtime, but I feel like it also offers the opportunity to pause and appreciate the beauty of the world around us. It’s also the first November in decades that I haven’t been working and/or stressed, and it’s a beautiful season for me atm.

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    • I have to admit I am a little bit jealous of all my Southern Himisphere friends who are heading into summer. I am not looking forward to the cold and snow at all! Glad to read this month is a relaxed one for you.

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  5. I saw the name of your blog on Gattina’s blog and liked it. I have been a Buddhist from the time I was in San Francisco in the 1960s, so I know well the Buddhist concept of impermanence. Here is a quote: “Impermanence is a principle of harmony. When we don’t struggle against it, we are in harmony with reality.” – Pema Chodron. Sometime it’s not easy, though.

    Here in Nashville my maple glory tree is covered in glowing orange leaves, not fallen yet.

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    • Yes, I read about the Buddhist concept of impermanence when I was researching this post. I love the quote and the sentiment. You are right, it’s not always easy. Kind of jealous of your Nashville weather! 🙂

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  6. Beautifully said. Makes me think of that Nicole Norderman song – Seasons… where Winter comes & shows us how things die… but NEW LIFE comes again… Amen!

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  7. I feel the same way about November, thank you for sharing your words of wisdom. On a complete side note…have you ever been concerned about your dog drinking the water from the streams? Our youngest was recently diagnosed with giardia that she picked up while hiking and her and her hiking partner didn’t filter the water properly. She said that dogs are very susceptible to it too? I hope you’re having a wonderful November!

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    • I never thought about dogs getting parasites from drinking stream water, but it makes sense to me. Even though this is a spring-fed stream that begins just about 100 yards from our backyard, I think I will keep Benji out of there. Thanks for the warning!

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      • I never thought of that either. This year in our area several dogs passed away from drinking in the rivers by our park. And when my daughter got Giardia from the stream (they didn’t do proper sterilization technique) I take the risk to share the warning. I’m thankful you appreciated hearing it. Hugs to Benji xxxx

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  8. I love thinking about time this way: “We belong to time. Each one of our seconds is borrowed, not ours to keep.” Time sometimes seems to be my nemesis, but I don’t want it to be. Thanks for calling us to pay attention and appreciate impermanence instead of only wanting things to stay the same. Hard for me to do, but so important!

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  9. What a lovely post! Autumn is my favourite time of year. I love the cool change and I love the colours in nature. Of course, being in Australia we’re at the tail end of spring and heading in to summer now! #TeamLovinLife

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  10. I bet your sugar maple looks wonderful just before the leaves fall. Half our leaves have gone now. Only the oak is hanging in there and looking fabulous. The change this time of year comes so quickly and quietly. Easy to miss something. Saw the tawny owl on one of the bare branches of the ash, at the bottom of our garden, this week. We hear it often, so nice to see it for once. You’re right about autumn revealing. #wotw

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  11. Truer words were never spoken. This is so spot on, deep, meaningful, true… but I have to tell you, I loved the analogy of a fan dancer dropping her fans, naked and exposed! That was truly original 😄

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