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If I was not open to change, it means that I’ll stop growing as a person, and be left behind in the never-ending ark of human advancement. That reality supports and nudges me to “keep pace” in every way that I can.
There’s the pull change, where I adapt to something challenging happening. With that I say (and believe) periodically that something interesting, maybe something good, will arise from this. For push change, where I’m choosing to change something in my life, I usually break it into bite sized pieces and build some habit-structures.
Support. My latest ‘change’ was getting tech support for a computer problem I’d been beating my head against the wall about today.
The simple knowledge that my soul becomes brittle, inflexible, looses its sense of adventure, closes off to being and receiving love! Without the flow stagnation follows.
What is here, is here and everything else is either a possibility or a memory. I have always found dancing to the rhythm of the music is the best experience.
That everyone has a story and that story may change me OR my story may change them.
People around me
Recognizing that there’s always more to any story than I know. A posture of humility is a pretty reliable support.
If I feel overwhelmed or dislike the particular change I am experiencing, I try to picture myself and this life as a really interesting movie, and I pick my theme music. All good movies and novels have their light moments and dark moments, and their times of tension. This imagining puts me into a bigger picture and helps temper the challenges of the moment. Our beloved stories are good stories; stories with change. Our beloved lives are the same.
My team at work has been incredible. We’re all growing through similar growing pains in our careers. But we all have similar goals. We pick each other up when the other is feeling distraught or defeated. We check in with each other almost on a daily. We remind each other of the things we’ve accomplished thus far. Finding a community has been instrumental for me during my career change. I’m so thankful for my team.
“The more thinks change the more they remain the same” is to old adage which says the same as, “there is nothing new under the sun”.
As much as the human intellect wants to fool itself in its way of “thinking” habits and behaviors ( all to hopefully protect and preserve its existence as a temporary personality ) it only, as the first adage implies, repeats it behaviour habit and and again.
The only escape out of “thinking behaviour habits” is observation of it ….and the external world aka “nature” provides abundant opportunities ……..this is but one of them
A White Lily
Visualise a white lily [ or hold a flower of your choice ] in your etheric hands … see every detail. Feel the firm stem and tender leaves . . . caress the silky, snow-white petals … breathe in its scent… touch the centre and see how the grainy pollen sticks to your fingers.
Excluding all other thought, concentrate your entire attention on the flower. You will feel the vibrations of the flower are different from your own. Slow your breathing down … lower your vibrations … and gradually attune yourself to the flower.
Enter the flower and see it from inside … observe everything there … slowly become one with the lily. You can see many, many details … observe the structure of the fibres … see the liquids gently moving … you are inside the flower! The flower speaks of God’s Wisdom. An entire universe is in there and you are within it. Witness the work of the Archangels. The flower – in form, colour, and smell – is in you … and you are in it.
“Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these” (Luke 12:27).
Begin to breathe normally … slowly raise your vibrations to your human nature. The flower is still in your hands. But now it looks different as you know all about it. Give the lily a taste of your energy. see it reacting to your vibrations . . it is trembling. Feel it. . it speaks to you through its vibrations … it is the language of life … the language of love. Listen and learn. Give this flower your love and appreciation. Ask yourself: who am I who can do all this? I can attune myself to anything and be atone with everything . . knowing who I am as a Spirit Soul, I know how to behave as a personality.
With all your love offer the lily to the world . .. wish that peace, love and understanding prevail across the globe . .. from heart to heart … from country to country. Breathe deeply … balance your bodies .. . and slowly feel your material body again.
What an amazing and beautiful meditation!!!! Thank you, Ed.
I hope that it brightened your day, and the days to come! I have never found an end to its depth myself.
agreed:) incredible visualization!
Balance. As long as I have some things that can stay the same, whether it be routine, a certain food, prayer/meditation practices, walking, time in nature, friendships upon which to lean – then I’ve learned that change, whether they are sudden, planned, or painful, can be opportunities for cherished hopes, dreams and surprises to be lived into.
Balance – one of my favorite words …
Well, I’ve learned you either embrace change or fight it. And I’ve also learned that fighting it doesn’t prevent it, so I choose the embrace.
My prayer life supports me. Meditation, prayers, and on those rare occasions, just letting myself sit and be. Making a point to visit nature, which for me today is going to a state park and surrounding myself with the natural world. It calms me, relaxes me, and that allows me to be open…
My faith in a higher power. Also remembering that so much is out of my control, I can either accept or resist. Change is the only constant in life. 🙏
Life IS change… if I’m open to life, I’m open to change.
Atrophy is the antithesis of vitality, and vitality indicates a state of movement and variation, alteration to fit new conditions…change. So my own understanding of how to be alive and vital demands an openness to the inevitability of change. Don’t get me wrong I said having an openness. It’s not like I embrace it each and every time. I am one who craves routine, and Order (capitlization intentional). And yet, the order of the tides, seasons and cycles of life offer me examples of how change is incorporated in routine and patterns. I guess it’s a matter of getting far enough out from the moment and seeing the big picture that calms my heart and walks me back from the panic of “that’s not how I usually do this!”
I do my best to remember that the only thing permanent in life is change.
Brother David’s Stop, Look, Go approach.
STOP – Take a breath
LOOK – At the opportunities and blessings in my life
GO – Towards the opportunities of LIGHT
Every morning Thé rising of the sun in the morning, the quiet around me except for the welcoming birds who Twitter good Morning. Thanking God for what I have and to guide me. By looking at this as a daily new start I am looking at creating a new me to focus on the now and to be grateful rather than focusing on yesterday and what happened or what I should of done or in the future and what may happen. A new start every day helps me remain grounded and to accept all.
You are an inspiration, Devy! You made me smile this morning, and feel fresh. 🙂
Devy, I was wondering if you were Buddhist or have read about Buddhism?
Good morning Craig. Over the past couple of years I have taken up a new life path. My life was full of anxiety and depression and I needed to find a new me. I still have my days but things are better.. I accept that It will be a lifelong process and journey..
Devy, I love this approach:
By looking at this day as a new start I am looking at creating a new me to focus on the now and to be grateful rather than focusing on yesterday and what happened or what I should of done or in the future and what may happen.
Thanks for your words!
The desire to change, to be open to God’s will for me in my life. The desire to be holy.
The recognition of past change and how it has been a good thing in my life, supporting the notion not to fear it.
Because change is a constant in life learning to accept this makes is easier moving forward. Past experiences support this and being open-minded too:)
I like to give change a chance. It can be good, I enjoy it, or not, I try to deal with it. I need changes to grow as a person.
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