These five recollections were recommended by the Buddha as daily reflections.
1. I am of the nature to decay. I have not gone beyond decay.
2. I am of the nature to be diseased. I have not gone beyond disease.
3. I am of the nature to die. I have not gone beyond death.
4. All that is mine, beloved and pleasing, will change and vanish.
5. I am the owner of my actions, heir to my actions, born of my actions, related to my actions, supported by my actions.
Whatever actions I do, whether good or evil, of that I shall be the heir.
This week's talk is borderline morose as we dive into the Five Heavenly Messengers. As fair warning if you're drawn to listen to it, I tried to lighten things up with a few death jokes here and there.
The Buddha recommended reflecting on five essential truths that reinforce your awareness of impermanance. Only when we embrace the fact that all things born of conditions are subject to change we can truly grasp how precious this moment is.
This understanding can transform your relationship to death ... and, of course, to life.