Understanding Impermanence Meditation

One of the three characteristics of human life is the transient nature of our subjective experience.  In Buddhism this is called anicca (ah-nee-chah) and a goal of mindfulness meditation practice is to be able to monitor the changing nature of sensations, feelings and thoughts in consciousness, which provides liberation from dukkha, the distress and confusion that we are all subject to.  During this meditation Peter suggested several progressive focuses of attention for increasing mindful awareness: the beginning and end of the in-breath and out-breath, the changing sensations during the breathing cycle, the changing nature of what attracts the mind from breath awareness and the changes in the body that occur as distractions such as the Five Hindrances create tension in the body.  He also invited meditation students to notice changes in the quality of attention, from alert to inattentive, from agitated to tranquil and so on.  It is hoped this meditation practice will be beneficial for all who practice with it.