Not holding on

abbey river

We can sometimes make our experiences very solid and permanent. This gives them more importance and increases our tendency to become identified with their energy, and get stuck in the story, causing more suffering in this way.

Transience is the force of time that makes a ghost of every experience. There was never a dawn, regardless how beautiful or promising, that did not grow into a noontime. There was never a noon that did not fall into afternoon. There was never an afternoon that did not fade toward evening. There never was a day yet that did not get buried in the graveyard of the night.

In this way transience makes a ghost out of everything that happens to us.

John O’Donohue, Anam Cara

5 thoughts on “Not holding on

  1. I think this ghost is a friend. He reminds us to value the moment, which never comes again, and also to let go and appreciate a continual fresh start, no matter the circumstances. Very nice.

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