Daily Contemplations on Impermanence & Interbeing

These contemplations, which can be recited daily at the start or end of your day, help us touch the nature of impermanence, overcome our fears and cherish the preciousness of life and relationships.

The Five Remembrances
I am of the nature to grow old. There is no way to escape growing old.

I am of the nature to have ill-health. There is no way to escape having ill-health.

I am of the nature to die. There is no way to escape death.

All that is dear to me and everyone I love are of the nature to change. There is no way to escape being separated from them.

I inherit the results of my actions of body, speech, and mind. My actions are my continuation.
The Five Awarenesses
We are aware that all generations of our ancestors, including our spiritual ancestors, and all future generations are present in us.

We are aware of the expectations that our ancestors, including our spiritual ancestors, our children, and their children have of us.

We are aware that our joy, peace, freedom, and harmony are the joy, peace, freedom, and harmony of our ancestors, including our spiritual ancestors, our children, and their children.

We are aware that understanding is the very foundation of love.

We are aware that blaming and arguing can never help us and only create a wider gap between us; that only understanding, trust, and love can help us change and grow.
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What is Mindfulness

Thich Nhat Hanh January 15, 2020

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