The Impermanence of Everything


I was walking along the shore the other day, collecting agate treasures and taking in the tranquility of the sea. Even with the chilly air, the sunshine felt magical against my face. It was such a gift. Watching the water creep up the shore, I was reminded of the impermanence of everything.

When I was young, we used to spend all day making sand castles, knowing that the next morning we would come out to find them washed away during the night. We did it anyway, though. It wasn’t about creating something to keep; it was all about the act of creation itself.

A few years ago, during a Yoga festival in Bali, I watched a man create elaborate mandalas out of colored sand. He was there all day long, crafting such detailed designs that I was just amazed by. At the end of the festival, people gathered around, along with the artist, and destroyed the mandalas together. We embraced the power of detachment. It was such a liberating feeling.

When we realize that nothing in this lifetime is truly permanent, a new sense of freedom envelops us. We create for the sake of the process itself. The outcome is not what’s most important anymore. We don’t feel the need to hang on to everything; letting go is just as beautiful. We can be present in the moment without thinking about the next one, or the one before it. A beautiful practice of mindfulness begins to unfold right before our eyes. This is flow.

I’ve been thinking about all the areas of my life where I’ve been blocking this powerful energy of creation. All my expectations, desires, and clinging to outcomes are coming to the forefront right now. I am seeing the patterns I’ve clung to, and am open and ready to let those go. This moment of creation is what matters most. Being in the flow of life is what moves me.

The sea is teaching me so many things. I am very grateful for her wisdom and guidance in my life right now. Beautiful Mother Nature, always here to show us what we’re ready to see, feel, and know.

Quote by Kahlil Gibran

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Caroline White February 19, 2014 at 7:41 pm

Hi Alia. Beautifully written. In the letting go, creation can occur…hmmm I like that idea :)
Letting go sure can be challenging at times….funny you should write this now. 15000 odd kms away, on the other side of the world I was doing something similar a couple of days ago. I went to the beach & was floating in the water consciously trying to let go of things & people I had been holding on to. I was surrendering them to the waves & allowing the tide to bring in newness! Thanks for sharing your experience
Much love Caroline xo


Alia February 19, 2014 at 10:44 pm

Caroline, I love that you were having such a similar experience all those miles away. :) It sure is a time to surrender, let go, and open to the new beauty that is unfolding. Thank you for being here, and sharing your light.
p.s. The quote is by Kahlil Gibran. :)


Caroline White February 20, 2014 at 2:22 am

Kahlil Gibran…of course I should have known. I love “The Prophet.” :)


Caroline White February 19, 2014 at 7:42 pm

BTW….love the quote. Who is it by?


Jasna February 21, 2014 at 6:47 am

Thank you for reminding me of this. Not that I don’t know, but still …. Sometimes it takes some time :-) before I manage to say to myself: “Just bless it and let it go … Return to your center and surrender to the flow …” Now I feel like a poet! :-))

Blessings to you, dear Alia.

P.S. I love “The Prophet”!


Alia February 21, 2014 at 11:49 am

You are a BEAUTIFUL poet, dear Jasna. Many blessings to you my friend. Here’s to sacred Flow!


Lindsey February 24, 2014 at 6:30 pm

I just have to tell you that this is so inspiring and incredible. I LOVE your writing and am so happy I stumbled on your space. Please keep it up xxo


Alia February 24, 2014 at 9:04 pm

Thank you so much, Lindsey. I’m so happy you found your way to my little space. :) Have a beautiful week.


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