The word impermanence was recently introduced to my everyday vocabulary and lately I’ve been experiencing a lot of changes. In my opinion, too many. But that is life. And impermanence is a bitch. I’m not here to complain, but here to help anyone that is dealing with similar instances.
Looking deeper into the concept, makes living through the changes easier.
By living in the moment and acknowledging that not all things are meant to last forever, you will enable a healthier lifestyle. Getting caught up in the past will only make you depressed. And living for the future will only leave you anxious with false expectations. Doesn’t one approach sound better?
The goal is to look back at any situation and feel good about it. In order to acknowledge impermanence, all you need to do is expect changes to take place. Learning how to embrace change may seem daunting, but it can always be good. Even if those new situations seem to get worse, they may also lead to something better.
Being forced to let go of a good situation is also made much easier by knowing that you’ve seized every moment. But don’t get me wrong, lot’s of emotions may be invested, so letting go is always painfully hard and confusing. But by breathing slowly, you’ll calm down and give yourself permission to move forward to new experiences worth living for.
Not getting to enjoy certain moments may always come as life’s lessons to improve your willingness to act and appreciate for future cases of impermanence.
In addition the video above, I found some samples of Buddhists philosophy from an article from urbandharma.org. It’s powerful stuff, so take a look at these basic principles.
“Impermanence and change are thus the undeniable truths of our existence. What is real is the existing moment, the present that is a product of the past, or a result of the previous causes and actions. Because of ignorance, an ordinary mind conceives them all to be part of one continuous reality. But in truth they are not.
The various stages in the life of a man, the childhood, the adulthood, the old age are not the same at any given time. The child is not the same when he grows up and becomes a young man, nor when the latter turns into an old man. The seed is not the tree, though it produces the tree, and the fruit is also not the tree, though it is produced by the tree.
The concept of impermanence and continuous becoming is central to early Buddhist teachings. It is by becoming aware of it, by observing it and by understanding it, one can find a suitable remedy for the sorrow of human life and achieve liberation from the process of anicca or impermanence.”