Say this as you wake up…

While at a training earlier this fall, a Jackson Hole resident shared with the group five phrases he recites each morning upon rising.

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

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

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

All that is dear to me and everyone I love
are the nature to change.

There is no way to escape
being separated from them.

My actions are my only true belongings.
I cannot escape the consequences of my actions.

My actions are the ground upon which I stand.

These are the five Buddhist Remembrances which open one to the truths of life and the role one plays within this world. Remembering these natural cycles as miracles deepens our ability to become present and openhearted- creating a more aware, awake, kinder world.


How to use the Five Remembrances in Daily Practice

There are many different ways to use these phrases as part of your daily practice. One simple way, as the Jackson Hole resident explained, is to repeat them each morning upon rising. I did this by printing out the seven phrases and placing the sheet near my bed. Each morning I pull the small piece of paper from my journal and read. This practice reminds me of the miracle of life and to revere it. It is also a reminder of the role I play- that each of my actions, bad or good, have a ripple effect and are my full responsibility.

Another way to use these is to choose one per week to truly focus on, bring your awareness to this lesson in your morning meditation, as you are driving to work, at the end of the work day, and as you go to sleep, journaling your findings and reflections along the way. Reflecting on them individually allows for deep understanding, imprinting itself on the psyche.

Bringing the three Remembrances listed below, said either aloud or silently to yourself,  as your loved ones leave each day (or as you see your loved ones during this holiday season) will allow for more openhearted, at ease interactions between those you love and yourself. We are all connected, and these phrases help us to feel that connectivity in our every cell- body, mind, and spirit.

All that is dear to me and everyone I love
are the nature to change.

There is no way to escape
being separated from them.

My actions are my only true belongings.
I cannot escape the consequences of my actions.


As you practice with these five Remembrances they begin to imprint themselves on the brain, coming out when needed. You may be in the middle of a conversation with your elderly mother when the first and second remembrances come to mind. Or, just as you are about to mad mouth a colleague, family member, or politician the last of the five Remembrances appear. This is not accidental, but our highest self coming to the rescue when needed.

May we be safe, happy, and free. Namaste.

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Caitlin Renz

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