We are called to realize that nothing lasts forever; neither what is good, nor what is bad. Everything is temporary, and transformation is taking place all the time.
We are called to realize that since everything is impermanent, all kinds of attachments lead to suffering. So, we must be prepared to let go of everyone and everything. We are called to accept both what we consider to be good as well as what we consider to be bad with equanimity.
While taking good care of our health, we must be ready to accept the inevitable debilitating effects of aging. We must prepare ourselves to accept that we, our loved ones, and everyone else, will eventually get ill and die, and although we are taught to love, we must learn and be prepared to let go of all that we love.
Paraphrasing the Buddha, “Nothing, whatsoever, should be clung to as I, me, or mine.”
We have to come to the realization that all our suffering comes from the idea of “I.” We have to let go of the stories and characters that we have created for ourselves, transcend our identification with our physical bodies, and realize that they are mere vessels of an Imperishable Light that is birthless and deathless.
We have to come to the realization that our suffering comes from forgetting that we are, at the same time, many and one, separated and united, independent and interdependent, mortal and immortal, human and divine.
Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect, and write, and who not only strives to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation, mindful living, and the acclaimed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as taught at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He organizes Silent Peace Walks.
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– “Peaceful Ways – The Power of Making Your Wishes Come True”
– “Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”
– “Silent Peace Walk”