The five remembrances

Reminders to live fully, with joy and a deep appreciation of this precious human life.

The Buddha recommends that we recite the “Five Remembrances” every day:

1. I am of the nature to grow old. There is no way to escape growing old.

2. I am of the nature to have ill-health. There is no way to escape having ill-health.

3. I am of the nature to die. There is no way to escape death.

4. All that is dear to me and everyone I love are of the nature to change. There is no way to escape being separated from them.

5. My actions are my only true belongings. I cannot escape the consequences of my actions. My actions are the ground on which I stand.

Thich Nhat Hahn

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