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, and a certified yoga instructor (YTT 200 hrs). Currently I live in Oshawa, Ontario. I teach vinyasa style deep stretch, detox, and power flow classes, as well as mindful restorative and yin yoga. I completed my YTT 200 in December 2018. I am also a certified Y12SR (Yoga for 12 Step Recovery) group leader (August 2018), a certified instructor of yoga for seniors (Relax into Yoga (March 2019), Teaching Yoga to Seniors (October 2019)). I am certified in Thai Yoga Stretch, restorative and yin yoga. My teaching includes in-person and virtual options for individuals and groups.

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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