THE DREAM OF CONSTANT OKAYNESS
"It's not impermanence per se, or even knowing we're going to die,
that is the cause of our suffering, the Buddha taught.
Rather, it's our resistance to the fundamental uncertainty of our situation.
Our discomfort arises from all our efforts to put ground under our feet, to realize our dream
of constant okayness. When we resist change,
it's called suffering. But when we can completely let go
and not struggle against it, when we can embrace the groundlessness
of our situation and relax into its dynamic quality,
that's called enlightenment, or awakening to our true nature,
to our fundamental goodness.
Another word for that is freedom,
freedom from struggling against
the fundamental ambiguity of being human."
On a personal note, I have always had difficulty grasping this
'human condition' of impermanence. My acceptance is getting better.