The uncertainty of impermanence

It’s not impermanence, or even knowing that we are going to die

that is the cause of our suffering…

Rather, it is our resistance to the

fundamental uncertainty of our situation.

Our discomfort arises from all of our efforts to put ground under our feet,

to realise the dream of constant okayness.

When we resist change, it’s called suffering.

But when we can completely let go

and not struggle against it,

when we can embrace the groundlessness of our situation

and relax into its dynamic quality

that’s called enlightenment,

or awakening to our true nature

to our fundamental goodness.

Another word for this is freedom –

freedom from struggling against

the fundamental ambiguity of being human.

Pema Chodron

Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change

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