Life would be dull if things stayed just the way we wanted them to be. Every minute, every second there is constant change and movement taking place, in everything. In this moment,- sitting or standing, wherever you are, change is happening in your body, right down to the most subtle level.
I feel good right now, I want to stay feeling good. It’s bright and sunny, it may rain later, it may hail or even snow. I might cry. Yet I want to stay feeling good.
We want to cling to the joy, show aversion to the pain, make it go away somehow. It is easier perhaps to stay present with what is joyful, yet often, ironically, we can be more present with suffering because it feels more raw. To be present in whatever mood state or situation we must practice being in touch with our mind state and body state and we can do this through the breath. Conscious breathing is our anchor to finding balance and composure in the midst of change.
Circumstances change, people change, everything changes, even though we can delude ourselves into thinking otherwise. Becoming aware of this helps to create a more balanced and contented perspective. All of us will face sickness and death, all the big topics we don’t like to think about when it comes to impermanence, especially our own. Yet confront them, – see that change is all pervasive, understand it and embrace it. Make the most of your life and your potential for being. There is nothing passive about accepting impermanence!