Impermanence and Pain: Something to Remember…

And so he laid there.

The sun, high and directly above him. It must have been around noon. Its rays seemed somewhat brighter than usual — they carried a certain sense of meaning, as if they were beaming down on a scene of enlightenment.

The grass was his bed as it swayed. Swaying with the gentle breeze that brushed against his skin like a lover.

It was a blissful setting. A place where he could be alone with his thoughts.

A place where he could reflect.

Although he wasn’t sure how he arrived here, he felt at home. The fresh air had filled him up, the silence had engulfed him and the solitude had emptied his mind that before was so exhausted.

He smiled with rapture.

He smiled as he lay there — with the grass, the wind and the sun — remembering of a teaching that he was once taught.

A teaching that derives from, and establishes a significant element of South Asian religion.

A teaching that projects an unavoidable truth that is difficult to dismiss in any secular society.

Some Buddhist’s may refer to it as a ‘mark of existence’ — an inevitable aspect of reality that we should all accept in order to achieve real contentedness.

The teaching is impermanence.

Nothing is permanent — everything, whenever it may be, will change and end.

He needed to come here every so often to remember…

He needed to remember that his pain is impermanent. And that pain only arises because it is so easy to forget how everything in this world is impermanent.

He knows that humans will never truly accept impermanence as a mark of our existence.

He knows it isn’t within our nature.

See, when we buy a new puppy it makes us so happy! The joy of having a new pet for the family feels great.

But, as human beings we are hard-wired to forget that one day, that beloved puppy will die — and we will feel grief.

In a sense, we are all setting ourselves up for suffering every day of our lives.

Relationships will end, and we will undoubtedly feel the cold grasp of suffering in its countless forms; disappointment, regret, heartbreak…

He knows that suffering itself is impermanent.

And so he lays on the grass; feeling the breeze on his skin as he remembers that his pain is temporary, and that better days are around the corner.

He knows that everything on this planet will one day be gone.

Impermanence will ultimately lead to our deaths, and so we should grab life by the horns.

He knows that he will feel pain once again, as life is much like an ongoing cycle of suffering…

And that is why he takes the time to remember…

Nothing lasts forever.

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