#396 Impermanence

"Anicca, Anicca, Anicca"

Continuing our fun little recap of wisdom picked up at an S.N. Goenka Vipassana retreat, let’s talk about impermanence.

We’ll do so via another classic Goenka mantra (all of which, again, are spoken in a beautifully drawn-out, lyrical Burmese accent, btw): “Anicca, anicca, anicca.”

In Pali (an ancient Indic language, closely related to Sanskrit), the word “anicca” (pronounced “uh-knee-chuh”) means “impermanence.”

As in, EVERYTHING is impermanent.

That thought you just had? Anicca.

That emotion you just felt? Anicca.

My life? Your life? In the big picture: Anicca. Anicca.

Everything is IMPERMANENT. So why crave? Why cling?

“Anicca, anicca, anicca.”

That’s Today’s +1.

Can you step back and see just how quickly it all fades and how little sense it makes to get upset about things like someone cutting you off on the freeway (or whatever your idiosyncratic things are)?

Let’s flow with and enjoy our lives.

“Anicca, anicca, anicca.”

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