Embrace Annihilation

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Only to the extent that we expose ourselves over and over again to annihilation can that which is indestructible be found in us.
–Pema Chodron

We think it’s the loss of something
that is so painful,
but really, it’s the clinging
to that which is gone.
I’m not saying
that it’s wrong to grieve.
Grieving is part of the healingĀ process,
a necessary and vital part
of coming to terms with death,
whether it’s the death of a loved one,
or a state of being,
or a belief,
or an experience–
grieving is important
and shouldn’t be skipped.
But there comes a time
when we might notice
that we have built up resistance
to the loss.
We tell ourselves stories about how
It should not have happened.
This causes us great suffering.
When we allow ourselves
to fully embrace the impermanence of life,
death and loss will not seem so surprising
or unfair.
We can train ourselves to bear witness
to the inevitable annihilation of all things
and in so doing, tune into
our indestructible true essence.

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