A Lesson In Impermanence


“This too shall pass” is a great mantra that teaches us the power of impermanence. The essential idea is that no matter what you are currently going through in life, it’s ultimately temporary and will change.

All of our experiences are temporary. 

There is a great comfort and inner peace that can be found when we recognize that wisdom.

Every thought is temporary. Every emotion is temporary. Every experience is temporary.

When we develop mindfulness toward the present moment, we can observe this impermanence for ourselves.

Sit and watch your experiences. Notice how thoughts come and go, sensations come and go, emotions come and go. 

Nothing seems to stick around or last forever. 

Consciousness is always moving forward, like a never-ending movie.

So if you find a particular thought, emotion, or experience to be painful or unpleasant – and you have no power to change it – simply remind yourself that “this too shall pass.” 

It won’t last forever. Time and patience are on your side.

When you recognize this transient nature of reality, you can overcome anything.

Because no matter how difficult, unbearable, or impossible a situation may seem, recognize that “this too shall pass,” and that can give you the extra strength and courage to keep going.

Impermanence is an unavoidable aspect of reality, so it’s important we acknowledge it and accept it.

When we remind ourselves the wisdom of impermanence – in face of both the “good” and “bad” – we are better prepared to navigate the inevitable “ups” and “downs” in life.

The lesson of impermanence, when applied correctly, can limit the suffering in life; because one can experience the moment as it is – not clinging to good or running from bad – but accepting all of life with calm and equanimity.

There is a great power in that acceptance and understanding of reality.

It teaches you how to appreciate the moment when things are “good,” and accept and let go quicker when things are “bad.” 

Ultimately, impermanence teaches you how to be a wiser and happier person


11 Comments Add yours

  1. bodypositivefemme says:

    I read this and recognise that you are right.
    But I have to ask, when you are in a state of suffering or poverty that seems to never pass
    How can I ground myself and remember that it shall pass?

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    1. GS says:

      That’s the whole mystery isn’t it

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    1. GS says:

      Glad 🙂

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    1. GS says:

      Thank you for sharing Vartika

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  2. Human Being says:

    I am sure with that much knowledge you are enlightened now 🤔

    Liked by 1 person

    1. GS says:

      Work in progress


      1. Human Being says:

        Hehehe very smart answer

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  3. This piece of wisdom itself is also not permanent. There are countless number of people who have to suffer perpetually. They can’t get any comfort from this thought. Getting comfort from this thought is fine but that comfort also is a luxury not available to everyone.

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    1. GS says:

      When I feel critical of someone, or I’m blaming someone, I remind myself of this truth: the external world is a reflection of my inner world, and whatever quality I’m critical of is something that resides within me. It’s difficult not to feel like the victim sometimes, but when I feel hurt by someone, I understand that this new pain is old pain trying to express itself, which can be healing.


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