Accepting Impermanence – Revised

“Even if we attain a pleasure, and it’s actually pretty great, and it doesn’t cost too much – the gold standard – because of impermanence, even the most pleasant experiences inevitably change and end.”

Here in this moment there is wanting.

Wanting for more of those pleasant experiences.

Experiences that are no longer available.

Letting go is the hardest part.

“As the Buddha said, everything that is subject to arising is subject to ceasing.”

Clinging to what is no more, prolongs suffering.

The answer-

Acceptance.

Accepting that I have no control.

That it’s not about me, my wants, my needs.

That there’s freedom in letting go.

In letting go of my wants.

In letting go of ‘me’.

( Material in quotations – https://www.rickhanson.net/second-noble-truth-noble-truth-cause-suffering/)

Copyright Suzanne Norton 2015

About Suzanne

I write poetry, flash fiction, quotes and personal essays. Words flow forth like a river that cannot be dammed. Writing is my soul.
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5 Responses to Accepting Impermanence – Revised

  1. themoon66 says:

    Well said. Letting go is a very hard and necessary thing to do. Being able to recognize and accept an end is a true test of strength.

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    • learningtocry says:

      Thank you for your comment. A big focus for the past year and a half…. Letting go. Letting go. Then letting go again. Accepting impermanence and remembering that the alternative, clinging, only causes suffering. Each new experience, the blissful and the extremely painful, has so many lessons and room for much growth. And as the song says…each day above ground is a good day. : )
      Happy day/night to you Moon 66! I love your poetry and so relate to it. I feel we have a similar style and outlook on things.

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      • themoon66 says:

        You are absolutely right in my opinion. We may not want bad things to happen, but when they do, there is so much we can learn from them, only if we are willing to accept and let go. I appreciate your wisdom and do agree we have relatable perspectives and I find that refreshing. It’s a lovely night here and I wish you a good one.
        – Misty

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  2. dustandflame says:

    Beautiful! There is no greater joy than being content to only and fully BE, no sweeter freedom than losing control.

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