LoveYourBrain Tip: Impermanence

IMPERMANENCE

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BRAIN HEALTH | 10.22.2018 | BY ABBIE ELDRIDGE, MS, CCC-SLP, CBIS

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“It is not impermanence that makes us suffer. What makes us suffer is wanting things to be permanent when they are not.” –Thich Nhat Hanh.

Change is an inevitable part of life. While at times change can feel intentional and exciting, it can also be met with feelings of resistance, sadness or fear.

According to Buddhist philosophy, suffering occurs when we cling to the perception of permanence, the mindset that an experience or state is fixed and will not change. Further, suffering can be relieved when one accepts impermanence, the understanding that change is a part of the human condition.

What lessons can this hold for individuals affected by TBI?

  • Accepting change without resistance can increase relaxation with the present situation and help let go of the feelings of loss that an injury may have brought

  • Practicing mindfulness can help you be more attuned to moment-to-moment changes, which can create a deeper understanding of the bigger concept of impermanence

  • Shifting your mindset to embrace change can promote growth and positivity