Every moment of our life is filled with impermanence and yet the common tendency is to not pay attention to it at all unless you are familiar with it. Upon awakening, is your first thought about impermanence? Very unlikely! However, one night passed and from then on impermanence looms over anything from anywhere. Can you say otherwise? Is there something that exists permanently unchanged? Leave the room, the moment is gone. Who knows if you will return! What comes to mind spontaneously when speaking of impermanence is Buddhism. Have you ever considered its mortality, its variability? Have you observed the disruption impermanence creates around happiness? Why is this so? Why is the mind so attached to permanence?
It is the mind that gives power to permanence, which does not exist in itself. Introspection of the mind is your best tool for observing and understanding the tricks that the mind plays on the true nature of reality. The true nature of reality is made up of impermanence and variability and, through a progressive practice of introspection, it is possible to detect the attachment to form, shapes, smells, colors, emotions and dispel the tendency to become something acquired with attachment. Would you try it? Would you agree to sit every day, if only for ten minutes, and watch the mind’s games of trickery? Perhaps you would hesitate, thinking that it would divert your attention to other, more important business matters. Regardless of what a fantasy world may look like, meditation is a great training tool for the mind to calm down, relax, and reflect on the true nature of reality, impermanence. Thoughts pass like clouds in the sky. Something that caught your attention, sometimes perhaps obsessively, becomes redundant, disappears, changes your mind, emotions calm down, anxiety calms down. Neuroscientific studies provide strong evidence that meditation is not just a training tool for the mind, but a generator of well-being for the brain by stimulating a process called neurogenesis, the production of new neurons. This means that even ten minutes of meditation a day can, in the medium and long term, generate new neurons, simply by teaching the mind to practice discernment.
The true nature of reality is changeable, and sitting on a regular basis, even ten minutes a day, brings vast mind-rewiring effects, which can, in the long run, contribute to maintaining a healthy state of mind.
Don’t humans live in your mind? Even a healthy and fit body has a mind that requires the same amount of training and wellness as the physical body.
You could try?