Here’s an experiment to try:
Find a comfortable seat or lay down. Close your eyes and start to notice your breath. Don’t try to change it or manipulate it. Just notice how you’re breathing.
You may lose track of it for a while. That’s ok. When you remember, come back to it. Just notice it. Don’t actively change it.
After a few minutes, check in with what you notice.
Notice if the cadence of your breath has slowed down, if the breath feels deeper.
You will likely notice that your breath has changed from how it was when you started. If not, that’s ok. Just keep watching.
At some point, you will notice that it has changed. And you may also notice that you can’t pinpoint the exact moment it changed, even if you were watching it the whole time (which is unlikely, because it’s our nature to get distracted).
What did you do to change your breath?What caused it to change?
You likely can’t answer that. After all, if you can’t point to the moment it changed how do you know what changed it?
This is the nature of change.
People often say that “change happens when nobody is looking.”
That’s not true.
Change can, and does, happen right under our eyes. Even when we’re paying attention, looking directly at something, it can change without our noticing.
If this happens in the body, how much more so in the world around us.
Things around us are constantly changing. Often, we simply don’t see the change until after.