Becoming Aware of My Own Spirituality

One of the first books about spirituality that I ever read was called “The Art of Living” – by Thich Nhat Hanh.
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One of the chapters was titled something like, “Everything is impermanent”. Things are constantly changing, things are constantly in motion. I leave from my original hometown in Cambodia (Siem Reap) for 6 months and return to so many changes. People’s relationships with each other have changed, peoples personalities have slightly changed, social dynamics between groups have changed, shop fronts have changed and a certain part of the citys vibe has changed.
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This is a classic example of the impermanent nature of life. Everything is constantly changing. Things are changing at every given point in time. The body in which you inhabit did not exist just 10 years ago. It has undergone a constant change of breaking down and rebuilding new cells. Your mind was not the same, either. Everything is constantly changing.
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This impermanent nature of life makes life both unpredictable and interesting. Depending on your approach, you can practice a way of approaching these changes with curiosity and openness.
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In a way, this truth of impermanence can feel liberating. One can experience pain and suffering and know that it will pass. Equally, you can experience your pleasure with the wisdom that this too must come to an end.
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Keeping your focus in the middle of these two extremes helps maintain a balanced way of thinking. Rather than feeling as though your pain will never come to an end, you can now truly realise that nothing can last forever. Our minds tricks us into thinking that the pain in which we experience is permanent. This is sometimes why we suffer pain more than what is necessary.
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Instead of indulging in your pleasures, you can realise that even the pleasures are not permanent. They too must come to an end. By not indulging in these pleasures, this can sometimes help with the fear of loss, as you know that both pleasant and unpleasant things that come will run their course as nature has intended.

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