Buddhist Law of Impermanence–Basis for Suffering or Healing ?

A classic Buddhist doctrine involves the law of impermanence.  Nothing stays the same.  Our lives are mere flashes in the mind of the universe.  Life is finite. Death inevitable.

But is this the basis for suffering, sadness or existential despair?

Not necessarily for in this truth is the source of our healing.  Nothing persists, even our suffering, sadness or frustration.

What must be sacrificed in this understanding is the illusion of control.  We desire to control our lives, our fate because we subconsciously fear the impermanence of it all.

This does not invite laziness or uncaring.  Goals can be set, and met.  Accomplishments should be acknowledged and admired.  But within the greater context of metaphysical awareness.  It is all impermanent.

If nothing else, this should place our egocentric desires within a larger context.  The high and mighty are no more.  Do some of us seek fame and fortune to make our marks on history?

Perhaps, but in the end, we will all face the inevitability of death.  This is nothing to be sad or depressed about.  It is merely the truth. 

So lighten your step, don't let success inflate your ego, nor failure bring you to the depths of self-hatred or even thoughts of suicide.

As the nursery rhyme says, row, row, row your boat gently down the stream, merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream.

Sleep well tonite. 

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