The Five Awarenesses

Breathing in, I know I am of the nature to grow old.

Breathing out, I know I cannot escape old age.

 

Breathing in, I know I am of the nature to get sick.

Breathing out, I know I cannot escape sickness.

 

Breathing in, I know I am of the nature to die.

Breathing out, I know I cannot escape dying.

 

Breathing in, I know that one day I will have to let go of everything and everyone I cherish.

Breathing out, I know there is no way to bring them along.

 

Breathing in, I know I bring nothing with me except my actions, thoughts, and deeds.

Breathing out, only my actions come with me.