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Contemplating impermancncc can also enhance your ability to touch joy. Both Patanjali and the Buddha emphasize that much of our duhkha (suffering or discontent) arises because we live as if the current conditions were permanent. When things arc going well, we attempt to live as if they always will, and we are disappointed when they change. And when things are going poorly, we imagine that this will always be the case, forgetting that bad times too will pass. The awareness of the impermanent nature of all things, includingyourself, makes you more sensitive to the effervescent, joyful nature of experience. When you are awake to impermanence, you do not take anyone or anything for granted. You stay in touch with what's happening, feeling the joy of simply being awake to life. You can appreciate the good without clinging to it, and you are generally more resilient in the face of setbacks because you remember that, truly, all things are impermanent.

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