Castle in the Sand


“We are like children building a sandcastle.

We embellish it with beautiful shells, bits of driftwood, and pieces of colored glass.

The castle is ours, off-limits to others.

We’re willing to attack if others threaten to hurt it.

Yet despite all our attachment, we know that the tide will inevitably come in and sweep the sandcastle away.

The trick is to enjoy it fully but without clinging, and when the time comes, let it dissolve back into the sea.”
Pema Chodron

What is that Pema Chodron trying to impress?

She is explaining Buddha’s thoughts.

Buddha talks of 5 aggregates-

  1. Body
  2. Sensations,
  3. Perceptions
  4. Thoughts
  5. Consciousness

If we cling to these 5 aggregates,(instead of getting detached)we are going in for greater suffering since we always think of ‘me, mine and myself’ and we are forgetting that nothing is permanent.

“When you finally realize that nothing is permanent in this life, you will become more tolerant, more forgiving and less judgemental”   unknown

Enjoy your life to the best of your ability without clinging to the worldly pleasures!

Food for thought

What is the difference between Castle in the air, a castle in the sand, and painting in the sky?

This post is part of  Ragtag Community Daily Prompt-Sand Castle

Thank you. Namaste 🙏🙏🙏

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  11 comments for “Castle in the Sand

  1. August 3, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    I couldn’t agree more with this post. Understanding that everything comes and goes offers us some kind of peace or serenity, something that we have to believe in order to let go of the reasons why we often feel pain and suffering. One of the many things I personally admire in Buddhism that made me want to take that path. Thank you for sharing this. ❤

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  2. August 3, 2020 at 9:58 pm

    Namaste Philo!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. August 4, 2020 at 5:33 am

    Beautiful words & photo. Thank you, Philo!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. August 5, 2020 at 2:11 am

    Profound words 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

    Liked by 1 person

  5. August 5, 2020 at 9:30 am

    Thank you my friend


  6. August 5, 2020 at 1:34 pm

    I am a life-long sand castle enthusiast 🙂
    The details in the stairs, here, are incredible!

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    • August 5, 2020 at 5:02 pm

      Thank you Patricia Furstenberg. Glad you love Sand Castles and have a passion.As kids it used to be lot s of fun.We never bothered about hygiene and just immersed in those many attempts to make a better castle.Ah those days…..never come back.

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