Accepting that everything will pass seems easy, but in our Western culture, we feel that things are ours, it is difficult for us to understand that everything changes.
The things are not our property.

Buda says, “All conditioned things are impermanent’ — when one sees this with wisdom, one turns away from suffering”  Buddhist philosophy teaches us how to be calm in the face of change and how to respond wisely to impermanence.

“Impermanence” is a universal law that states that nothing can remain in the same state indefinitely and that everything is constantly changing. When we refuse to accept that everything changes and that nothing we feel is our property, we are condemned to suffer greatly.

The truth is that what I see, hear, or feel is not permanent; for example, a flower in front of our eyes appears solid, but the side of the flower is constantly changing, but we don’t notice these changes until we begin to love it.

And, even though we are fully aware that aging is a natural process, the majority of the population does not accept it. This reality does not change the process because aging will continue to occur, and accepting it as a natural process would relieve me of unnecessary suffering. Furthermore, it would allow me to accept many things in life and, as a result, be more flexible in the majority of situations, allowing us to avoid much suffering.

it’s going to happen anyway

If we pay attention to what surrounds us, we will realize that everything in life is a master of impermanence. It is in front of our eyes all the time, for example, the weather. One day it rains, the next day it doesn’t. Even the clothes that we wear that no longer fit us, the trees that lose their leaves, the candles that are consumed, ourselves. It is enough that we look at ourselves when we see a photo of when we were little.

We realize how we are growing, how our bodies are changing, how we are getting older until one day we die. For the simple fact that things are like that. How we react to change is our decision. If you decide to face it with fear, sadness, joy, or even if you resist it, well, it won’t have any importance because it’s going to happen anyway, so what’s the point of resisting and suffering?

This too shall pass.

We have to be very aware that things change, from our own emotions and thoughts, to be aware that there is illness, old age, and death, to learn that everything is transitory and to stop resisting change because, whether we want it or not, it is inevitable. Even if this makes you sad, think that it will also pass, I mean, that sadness you feel.

It would be very beneficial if we reflected on impermanence. We would be closer to the true one because it is the nature of reality and this would help us free ourselves from suffering, allowing us to have a fuller life.

I do not mean that we should have the attitude that things do not matter to us; of course, they do matter to us, and we must appreciate what we have from our loved ones and our bodies, even the material, because if I understand impermanence, I will understand that nothing is permanent, and thus I will not get depressed or suffer because it is the natural course of things.

Remember that we should not develop attachments to anything because everything changes. Life is like a permanent current flow. We are not the same as yesterday. Think about all the stress that daily originates from the guesses you make in different situations, or the frustration that you experience for all those unfulfilled expectations, either by you or by another person, or all that sadness that you accumulate for not knowing how to let go.

Once we are able to understand it, we will begin to live a more relaxed life because, bearing in mind that we cannot become attached to anything that exists, we will find that peace that we seek so much. Let us not forget that absolutely everything is impermanent and temporary.

“It is not impermanence that makes us suffer. What makes us suffer is wanting things to be permanent when they are not. We need to learn to appreciate the value of impermanence. If we are in good health and are aware of impermanence, we will take good care of ourselves. –Thich Nhat Hanh 

 

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