Impermanence – at the Prison Yoga Practice

impermanence hand print

The book is on the way. In between yoga classes, work at the theater, web design work and the work on the book I have been packing up my house.  Twenty-five years worth of accumulation are going into boxes, into trash cans, off to friends.  As I sort through it, I am getting a glimpse of what impermanence is.  The house seemed like a stable launching platform for the lives of the family.  Now it is obvious that it is just shifting sand.  A room of furniture to one relative.  A room to another.  A couple pieces to the new house.  A couple to storage.  Many boxes marked yard sale.  Some marked shred.  Some marked store.  A little girl’s tutu and ballet shoes.  A young boy’s soccer jersey.  All grown up now.  Letting go of old things makes room for new energy to move into life.  Patanjali says that perfecting aparigraha (non-hoarding) brings knowledge of the why and wherefore of past and future incarnations.  The whys escape me but I feel lighter and ready for new things. 

I am reminded also that everything in life passes.  We eventually let go of each and every possession and even our bodies at some point.  Life is not a store, but a lending library.  I have to go pack some more boxes.


About sordog1

Shiva Steve Ordog is a Yoga Instructor certified by Yoga Alliance - RYT 200, a Thought Field Therapy Practitioner (TFT-Algo) and a Zen practitioner. He is the author of a book on meditation, mindfulness, and yoga called "Hey, Yoga Man!: Yoga Practices for Everyday Life from a Prison Yoga Practice"
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