Reflections for “Clinging Onto Aggregates is Like Grabbing Hold of Water”

by | Nov 1, 2023 | Blog

The post titled Clinging Onto Aggregates is Like Grabbing Hold of Water is now up on Buddhism for All. Angela from the team reflected on it, and invites you to do so too.

🌕 Angela’s Reflections:

The issue does not lie with the water, but rather with our inclination to grasp, cling to and desire water. We earnestly attempt to solidify the water we want into ice, denying its inherent fluidity. We fervently hope the water we desire remains in its frozen state perpetually, ignoring the fact that water will eventually change. We try all means and ways to freeze phenomenon into what we want them to be, and ignore the reality of change and impermanence. This is the loop of suffering, and how we create suffering for ourselves. 

🌱 Journal Reflection Prompts for You:

  • 📝 In what areas of your life are you trying to grasp or freeze moments or experiences? What fears arise when you think of letting go? Examine your fears more deeply.

  • 📝 How might embracing the truth of impermanence be beneficial to you?

  • 📝 How might you cultivate a mindset of accepting fluidity and change?

Featured image, an AI-generated artwork, by Angela Ho.


Extra Ordinary human bean, sharing union of Zen (or Chan 禪) timelessness x tech boundlessness. 5 years spiritual sabbatical. Who is Angela? What's her story?

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