Contemplation on our own impermanence reminds us of the fleeting nature of human life, in Buddhism it is an essential lesson about living in the present. We are all heading in that direction, even the most saintly can’t escape how the spirit exits this planet.
By internalizing the fact of our own mortality we get to decide how we want to spend our allotted time. If we think we want to become better, more loving, we had better start doing it now. Lama Surya Das writes “Life is like a waterfall rushing over a cliff; it can’t be postponed.”
That is why here and now is so important. What would you do today if you knew your end date? Whom would you want to talk with? How would you spend your time? Make amends to? What unfinished business of the heart remains to be completed?
A human life is a blip of time, in a 13 billion year old universe … how are you existing now?