Article Credits: Ying Yang
One guaranteed thing about our life is that CHANGE is constant, and if you do not or cannot adapt to these changes, you live under stress due to the inability to adapt to the changing environment.
Sometimes, we can perceive some changes as good, such as getting a promotion at work, starting a new business, winning a lottery or having a newborn child.
Sometimes, we can perceive change negatively, such as separating from your long-term partner, losing your job, or even the death of loved ones.
In eastern philosophy, we declare that in this world, there is nothing that is fixed or permanent.
Everything is subject to change and alteration.
The same goes for life. It changes continuously
Impermanence and change are thus the undeniable truths of our existence. What is real is the existing moment, the present that is a product of the past, or a result of the previous causes and activities.
It is by becoming aware of it, by observing it and by understanding it, one can find a suitable remedy for the stress of human life and achieve liberation from understanding the true essence of impermanence.
All suffering comes from not understanding the law of impermanence. If we understand the law of impermanence, it will help us to know the negative and positive experience will not last forever. Both are subjective to change.
And no matter what you do, you can’t control your future, you cannot control what your spouse/partner does, you cannot control whether the career you are having will be there or will not be there in the coming years, you have no total control over the amount of money you have in your bank. You have no control over the government or your organisation do. But what you have to do is to live your everyday lives with accepting the law of impermanence.
Eastern philosophy states that Human life embodies this flux in the ageing process, nothing lasts, and everything decays. This is applicable to all beings.
We tend to stay in places we find comfortable and safe, and we don’t want them to change. We also think we are permanent, the same person continuing from birth to death.
We go through life attaching to a good job, strong friendship, nice relationship, healthy, youthful bodies, wanting them to last forever. But they don’t last, and they could make us sad. We experience envy, anger and even become violent with others because we cling to a false perception of permanence.
We should realise the wisdom that permanence is an illusion.
Because nothing is permanent including pain and pleasure in your life.
What you can do is to do your best, leave the rest to the multiverse, to act from that vast space of great happiness and spread/reflect that as best we can. Always do your best for loving happiness!