Our ego relies on mooring in the constructs it has created to deal with the fact that very little is within our control – which often means we diminish uncomfortable reminders of mortality.
When we are confronted with the stark nature of impermanence, we feel unsettled.
Ego wants everything we love (or at least everything we’re accustomed to) to last forever.
Ego wants to feel substantial and solid, with no surprises.
But this is in contrast with nature and existence itself, which is a constant cycle of change, degeneration, death, and renewal.
This is so hard to stomach and surrender to… but releasing our resistance and accepting the inescapable (change, aging, illness, and death) allow us to become active participants in our fleeting, precious lives.
2 thoughts on “Impermanence”
The “memento mori memo” – love that!
I keep a full-size human skeleton in our bedroom. (I have used it for teaching myofascial release in the past.) Even with Yorick (as I affectionately call him) looking at me with his grin and hollow eyes every day, my ego still behaves as if it didn’t get the memo. (memento mori, that is!)
A beautifully written reflection on this perennial paradox…
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