Buddha teaches us there are three universal truths of life.
These three characteristics describe ourselves and our life.
They are: impermanence, suffering and egolessness.
To learn about these qualities and see their truth in ourselves and in our life is to learn to relax with things as they are.
Learning to relax in life in general and in the face of a diagnosis like MS is crucial!
#1 The first truth of existence is impermanence.
Impermanence in a fact of life.
Uncertainty and impermanence go hand in hand.
Our body is ever changing. The body we were born into, where is it today?
Every second 25 million cells die!
Every second 25 million cells are produced!
Our emotions flow through us.
As the name implies, emotions are energy in motion.
If we allow them to circulate, they will last only a short amount of time.
Our thoughts are ever changing just the same.
We have 60 to 70 thousands thoughts everyday!
90% are the same day after day!
Over time we entertain the same thoughts day after day, which keep us living in the same life.
#2 The second truth of existence is egolessness.
It does not mean we let go of our personality.
On the contrary I learned that we need a strong and flexible personality to live a healthy life.
Egolessness means we have a flexible personality.
Egolessness means we are curious, open, playful and humorous.
We don’t take ourselves so seriously. We take ourselves lightly.
Otherwise our personality can keep us separate from each other and the world around us if it is rigid and fixed.
#3 The third truth of existence is suffering.
-We suffer because we resist the first truth of existence: impermanence.
We resist the fact that life is constantly changing.
We expect what is impermanent to be permanent, thus we suffer.
We resist the fact that we change and we will die someday.
-We suffer because we resist the second truth of existence: egolessness.
We think we are a solid separate fixed individual, when the truth of our being is openness.
-We suffer because “we mistake suffering for happiness” Buddha said.
We think we will find happiness where only suffering can be found.
“We look for happiness in all the wrong places” Pema Chödrön says.
We suffer when we look outside for happiness, while happiness is an inside job!
Can you use these truths to learn to relax with things as they are now and help soothe your nervous system? 💜