Reflecting: The Impermanence We Are

Reflecting Reading of the Day:

Impermanence We Are

Impermanence We Are

Barrows, Anita; Macy, Joanna (2009-10-29). A Year with Rilke: Daily Readings from the Best of Rainer Maria Rilke (p. 5). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.

In the flow

In the flow – fermenting beer in the “air” port

The Impermanence We Are

Many years ago while building medical information systems at the Duke University Medical Center, a girl of 15 delivered a little baby boy. She was the sixth woman in her family to have a child at 15 years of age. Seven generations of the family were still alive.

It never occurred to us that a family history medical record needed to record seven generations.

That family’s impermanence was well concealed. Seven generations of a living legacy were available within a few hundred yards of each other every day of their lives. Imagine experiencing seven generations of life force.

I’ve experienced five generations of my family, but not all at once. Our families had their children later in life so I’ve only experienced three generations at any one time.

I love the phrase “We alone flow past it all, an exchange of air.”

While we are impermanent, we do flow. What does it mean to exchange air with this world around us. Air is also energy which is so difficult to see. How does my energy live and exchange with others from day to day. What new life emerges?

Do I keep silent with may air and energy or allow unspeakable hope to flow far and wide?

Reflecting With Rilke

A year with RilkeThese daily reflections are taken from A Year with Rilke. As I embark on publishing Emails to a Young Entrepreneur which was inspired by Rilke’s Letters to a Young PoetI look forward to a daily meditation on other selections from Rilke’s poetry and writings.

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