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A Churning Vector of Endless Change

Enso13th century Zen teacher Shoitsu says:

“Right in your being there is shutting down and opening up.”

I love this line: right in your being, right in the essence of what you are (and aren’t!) there is ceasing and arising, dying again and being reborn, an endless dance of yin and yang. Right in your being, there is a dialectic paradox of being and not-being, a churning vector of endless change.

Ref: The Original Face: an Anthology of Rinzai Zen by Thomas Cleary

A Churning Vector of Endless Change

Pavel G. Somov, Ph.D.

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice and the author of 7 mindfulness-based self-help books. Several of his books have been translated into Chinese, Dutch & Portuguese. Somov is on the Advisory Board for the Mindfulness Project (London, UK). Somov has conducted numerous workshops on mindfulness-related topics and appeared on a number of radio programs. Somov's book website is and his practice website is

Marla Somova, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Pittsburgh, PA. She is the co-author of "Smoke Free Smoke Break" (2011).

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Somov, P. (2013). A Churning Vector of Endless Change. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 20, 2020, from


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