Thursday, October 23, 2008

Permanentize

I like the following quote because it reminds us that everything passes - nothing stays - particularly our emotions. I'm just not too sure about the word "permanentize". I can barely pronounce it - it doesn't exactly roll off of one's tongue. But I do agree with the concept - we want situations and relationships to remain permanent - and that is not living in reality.

"Notice changes.
If you do not inquire into your sensations,
you might perceive them as unbearably intense,
and presume they will continue to be so for a long time.
However, if you do inquire into your sensations,
you will soon notice their evanescent nature.
Sensations differ from second to second,
they might disappear entirely within minutes.
The realizations that sensations come and go
will allow you to break your tendency to "permanentize"
and assume that things are more lasting and painful
than they ever could be."

Martine Batchelor,
Meditation for Life

2 comments:

kristin said...

I wish I had come across this quote (or this writer) when I taught Yoga many yrs ago...very lovely. Very true.

sandy said...

Uh, yeah, I'm with you on that... but I do like "evanescent". So many things now in my life that I don't want to "permanentize", it is reassuring to know that the concept is just a figment (and where does *that* word come from??).