Emotional health can be improved by practicing the skill of mindfulness, which includes realizing the nature of impermanence.
A Mindful State of Mind
Emotional health can be greatly improved when we practice mindfulness skills. Earlier I discussed the art of staying in the present moment to sustain mindfulness. Understanding the nature of impermanence also invites a mindful state of mind. After all, all things are impermanent. The feeling you have right now will soon be changing. Sadness may give way to joy, which may give way to contentment, which may give way to sadness. The thought you are having right now will soon be replaced by another thought. Your body is also changing in this very moment. All of our material possessions are impermanent by nature.
When we keep the idea of impermanence in our consciousness our emotional health becomes better regulated. We cease to feel disappointment when the things we want, crave and desire come to an end. We also realize that our suffering will eventually evolve, in some way. (Hopefully the evolution will result in growth, but this is dependent on how we cope, our resources, our personality, impulses etc.)
A reflection on impermanence gives rise to an understanding of how clinging can be detrimental to our emotional health. An attempt, assumption, or hope that something will remain the same is a delusion. Likewise an assumption or hope that something will remain the same is a delusion. These delusions gives rise to emotions such as sadness, disappointment, resentment and anger.
When we are present and aware of this particular moment we also realize that this moment is unique and special just as it is. And when presence and the true nature of impermanence are merged together in our consciousness, moment to moment, our emotional health, I believe, will become infused with a greater sense of peace, understanding and contentment.
with blessings – diane
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