”The Impermanence Of Life”

“Nothing in the world is permanent, and we’re foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we’re still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have it.” 

The cherry blossom falls after its short beautiful bloom.

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It floats gently down to earth. Its life is over, but the limitedness of its existence is one of the biggest reasons the blossom is so gorgeous. If we knew that the blossom would last forever, it wouldn’t have the same poignant beauty, and we’d take it for granted.

The blossom’s impermanence, its fleetingness, its transience — this is why we appreciate it.

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Our lives are similarly short. We have but a moment on this rock, but we forget that impermanence and take our days for granted. We fritter away those days with the wasted activities of TV, social media, computer games.

If we remember the impermanence of life, perhaps we could appreciate its gentle passing with as much appreciation as a cherry blossom.

Our struggle with impermanence causes much, if not all, of our suffering. We don’t want things to change, we want things to be the way we want them. And when they aren’t, we are stressed out, frustrated, disappointed, grieving, mourning, wishing things were different.

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But what if we could accept this impermanence, accept the reality of this moment, embrace it as we do the cherry blossom?

We might be a bit more at peace with reality when we embrace the impermanence and work with it, life can be a joy, and we can appreciate the painful beauty of this temporary existence.

As we watch the blossom falling, we see ourselves in it, and we feel the gravity of the moment.

 

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16 thoughts on “”The Impermanence Of Life”

  1. Wonderful article very well written. I don’t think it s the time constraints of our existence that hurt s us or bother us . As much as it is the experience we get that combined with the mistakes we’ve made and the battle to correct them . Always leaves us with this what could of been feeling .life is such a trial and error thing growth and mental evolution are what bring about true beauty.

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  2. True. We want bad things to change and good things to last forever. Only thing permanent in life is change. We forget. That is Maya, the illusion.

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