It can help, in developing daily mindfulness of impermanence, to notice how everything around us is composite.
We notice that the trees are made of trunk, bark, branches, leaves and roots. We notice how buildings are made of windows, doors, walls, roof, metal, wood, stone, and brick. We notice how people are made of arms, legs, head, body, organs, and bones.
Then we think that all of these parts are only together temporarily. We recognize that, at some point, they will all disintegrate to be replaced by something new.
Noticing compositeness in this way makes it easier to remember impermanence and makes our impression of impermanence more immediate.
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– The Buddha
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