Last updated January, 2017.
Impermanence is a fundamental truth.
You, me, the tree outside, the mountain that looks so large and unchanging - nothing lasts forever.
Impermanence also applies to thoughts, emotions, urges, and the rest of your "mental noise." Your mind works hard to convince you all of it is permanent, but it isn't.
This can be liberating in the context of thoughts and emotions we label bad or negative. It helps put our suffering into perspective: the stress will pass, the anxiety won't last forever, the sadness will eventually give way.
But, it can cause trepidation to realize that thoughts and emotions we label good or positive aren't permanent, either. We want them to be, as Chade-Meng Tan says:
"The biggest problem with pleasant experiences is that they all eventually cease. The experience itself causes no sufferings, but our clinging on to them and our desperate hoping that they do not go away cause suffering."
Instead of causing trepidation and suffering, use impermanence to foster appreciation. Recognizing that nothing lasts forever isn't a negative view - it teaches you to appreciate everything in the moment it exists, and appreciate each moment you have with it.
"Conditions are always changing, and real peace lies in the ability to adapt to this changes." - Mingyur Rinpoche
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