The insight of impermanence

  •          The insight of impermanence has the power to liberate us. Suppose someone you love has just said something that has made you angry, and you want to punish them by saying something unkind back. He has dared to make you suffer, and you want to lash back and make him suffer too. You are about to start an argument. But then you remember to close your eyes and contemplate impermanence.

      You imagine your beloved three hundred years from now. He will be nothing but ash. It may not take three hundred years; perhaps within thirty or fifty years you will both be ash. You suddenly realize how foolish it is to be angry and to argue with each other.Life is so precious.It takes only a few seconds of concentration to recognize and touch your nature of impermanence.

The insight of impermanence burns away the anger. And when you open your eyes, you don’t want to argue anymore. You just want to hold him in your arms. Your anger has transformed into love.

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