Here in Seattle the cherry blossoms have been blowing our minds for a few weeks already. I love cherry blossoms because they are a lovely lesson in impermanence; I can't enjoy a bunch of blossoms without also thinking of how they are going to disappear soon. That awareness of their impending disappearance encourages me to savor them even more intently; to really gaze and smell and absorb the experience.
And really, we could gaze at everything in our lives with the same affection. Everything is impermanent; as I look above my computer screen right now I see many trees. Those trees will someday die. If I hold that knowledge in my mind, I find myself peering at them a bit differently - more curiosity, more noticing. What else can I apply this to? I can't think of anything I can't apply it to - my work, my body, my relationships, my family - all of it is impermanent. And if I bring that impermanence into awareness, it shifts my experience of all of these things.
Since today is the first day of spring, I think it is an excellent time to talk about impermanence. So much of what we see outside right now is change. My hope is that you can notice this world of ever-present change and be reminded to savor as many moments of it as possible.
I'm a mindfulness based psychotherapist in Seattle.