Anicca, the universal law of impermanence
Anicca, the universal law of impermanence.
Anicca is the 1st of the 3 characteristics of existence as discovered and explained by the Buddha. This law of impermanence is the very core of the Buddha’s teaching, and the basis for the other two characteristics; suffering and selflessness. The fact of Impermanence means that reality is never static, rather it is in continual flux – constant change.
Gautama was a true scientist and as we all know wise well beyond his years and his time, as now modern scientists are realizing anicca to be the basic nature of the world, without exception. In his teaching of dynamic reality, the Buddha made us aware of the master key, which will open any door we wish. He discovered and wanted us to realize that this key cannot be found anywhere but inside each of us, as long as we are willing to look within, we can find freedom.
When we can truly accept and understand this universal law of impermanence, we can begin to let go of anything we may be holding onto, recognizing that all things are transitory. To hold on to past experiences, imaginings, relationships is only going to cause pain and suffering. Even as you read these words, consider the fact that life as it was has changed immeasurably and so it goes… Attempting to hold on to moments, people, things anything in the material world (including emotions, cognition etc) will inevitably bring suffering – it is like trying to hold on to the water in a river as it flows past. Instead, why not allow yourself to flow along with the river of change with mindfulness and reverence?
Today, allow yourself to meditate on the fact of anicca and see if through this consideration you can also begin to release your fears, resentments, hostilities, attachments and aversions. Becoming present to what is, in each moment, without judgement or labels, simply observe.
‘When we come into the present, we begin to feel the life around us again, but we also encounter whatever we have been avoiding. We must have the courage to face whatever is present: our pain, our desires, our grief, our loss, our secret hopes, our love…everything that moves us most deeply.’ ~ Jack Kornfield