Impermanence expresses the Buddhist notion
that everything is constantly in flux.
Cultivating an acceptance of the transitory nature
of our current situation helps us deal with change and loss.
On January 8, 2010 Sharon Marroquin received a phone call that informed her she had breast cancer. Twenty-six months, three surgeries, sixteen chemotherapy treatments and thirty radiation treatments later, she wanted to make sense of the journey. Confronted with her mortality, angered and frustrated over her inability to handle the disintegration of her body, Sharon Marroquin begins to consciously deal with it through art and decides to create a dance called “Materiality of Impermanence”. Through the creation of the dance, Sharon escapes to another realm that is not confined by physical limitations, disease, childrearing, teaching and running a home. “Foreign Puzzle” is a visual testimony of the transcending power of the human spirit.
Please watch this brief video introduction about Sharon and the “Materiality of Impermanence.”<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/15778371″>Materiality of Impermanence</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user4842461″>realtalkies</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
“When I saw the photos they were beautiful,
it was a turning point because I realized that this horrible
thing happening to me had some beauty in it
and that’s when I started thinking I could make a
dance about this so that people outside of myself
could see both the ravages of what one has to go through
but also the beauty that’s within the human spirit”
~ Sharon Marroquin
“I have to learn to surrender to this journey
and to use it as an opportunity for growth, for learning…”
~ Sharon Marroquin
Video clips from the performance
“The Materiality of Impermanence”
From Mandalas & Meditations for Everyday Living:
52 Pathways to Personal Power
by Cassandra Lorius
“Because nothing lasts, our natural reaction is to grasp on to people or experiences, but this can lead to emotional suffering. It is more healthy to learn to remain open to what comes into our lives and accept the situation when it leaves. We can become more adaptable and appreciative of the present moment. To do this, try to drop illusions and expectations, such as the direction of our own life and career, how we have imagined our parents’ and siblings’ life stories, our relationships, the need for someone to love us unconditionally and take care of us, our religious certainties, the kind of people we prefer our children to grow into, or our assumptions about health and longevity.”
Meditations on Impermanence
1 Think back to a time when you became aware you were holding on to an illusion. Recall your discovery that it was just an illusion, and remember how that felt.
2 Think about the new awareness that must have created the conditions for your realization that it was an illusion. What was the scenario that unfolded?
3 Relive the release when these illusions were dissolved.
4 Become aware of the spaciousness and sense of freedom you have when you live without illusions.
5 Let go of each and every one of your illusions, releasing them into the vast space of the universe.