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Life is impermanent: it is constantly changing. That is its nature. That is its excitement and its glory.

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3rd October 2020

Because we have a powerful mind capable of analysing the past to ‘predict’ the future, and because our ego and life-long conditioning persuade us that we are ‘separate’ from everybody else, we crave certainty over our future and, as a result, seek to control everything by all means possible – people, relationships, nature, animals, plants, resources … even space.

This is grasping at straws, like trying to catch water with a net, an impossible task leading to endless frustration, disappointment, suffering and pain…for ourselves and those we seek to control.

Life is impermanent: it is constantly changing. That is its nature. That is its excitement and its glory.

Anxiously striving for ‘control’ in an impermanent world is futile and an act of lunacy. It cannot be done, any more than we can draw a square circle! And yet that’s what we keep trying to do. Covid19 has demonstrated the impossibility of creating certainty in an uncertain world and has disrupted everyone’s ‘plans’, however intricately designed.

What is needed is to accept and embrace life in all its manifestations, to be flexible in managing the rapids and the rocks, to go with the flow not against it, to look creatively for opportunities, to ‘let go’ of prejudices and ‘certainties’, to find joy in the here and now, to take wise decisions based on deeply grounded values and purpose … and from a place of calm, serenity and inner peace …

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