One of the most important underpinnings of Buddhist philosophy is that of anicca, impermanence.  Impermanence permeates our own lives, our relationships, our community, our world, our universe. Nothing stays the same, nothing is forever, change is ongoing. Without the ability to accept the reality of impermanence, we suffer, as we try to hold on to what we know and that in which we find comfort – the familiar.

COVID 19 has brought rapid change to our world. Everything we thought we could count on in our world, in our lives, is in question. The world may not feel like a safe place. And yet it is: the one fact we can count on is, that things will change.


Came knocking at my door
Not gently,
Rather, belligerent
Barging in, disrupting life
Turning what I know,
Upside down
On its head.
Blown away
In gale force winds
That gasp and moan,
Is all there is.”
And so,
This too
Shall end.
Find comfort
In change
In what lies ahead,
In unexpected twists
And turns
And know,
That what you thought
Was your truth
Will always


Published by MSH Yoga

I am a wife, a mother of 3 wonderful, amazing adults, a grandmother, an Early Childhood Educator, and a certified yoga instructor (YTT 200 hrs). I teach Vinyassa style Hatha deep stretch, detox, and power flow classes at Birth Yoga Studio in Streetsville Ontario, and with Results Fitness Lifestyle In Mississauga. I completed my YTT 200 in December 2018. I am also a certified Y12SR, Yoga for 12 Step Recovery, group leader (August 2018), and a certified instructor of yoga for seniors, Relax into Yoga (March 2019), and Teaching Yoga to Seniors (October 2019). I facilitate Thai Yoga Stretch, and teach yoga to private clientelle. Practicing yoga is a passion, and supporting others to learn about this life changing practice is my goal. I practice meditation and mindfulness. I believe there is so much we can learn from being in tune with our body, our mind and our spirit, but that is a difficult path to find, and then, to actually follow. When we do, we facilitate the union of those 3 entities. Then we can begin to discover who we really are, and come to accept our precious self.

2 thoughts on “Anicca

  1. I love your poem Roxanna. So spiritual, so inspirational. I believe and hope our world will come through this with a new understanding of what is important in your life. I also hope that we continue to be more thoughtful of others, say hi to neighbours and support our local stores. Let’s shrink our world back down!



    1. I couldn’t agree more, Lynn. Our world is teaching us to be more gentle and kind, and to be grateful for everyday, for who we are, and for what we have, exactly as it is. Thank you so much for your comments.



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