You Can Be the Beautiful Change in the World
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Gandhi
I’m holding lots of “space” in my heart and soul right now for all that is going on in our nation and world. I’m in the process of unlearning right now. I’m in the process of learning anew and in cultivating within me who and how I want to be going forward. I admit this is new to me and uncomfortable. I have the choice to let it go. I can’t though. Who I am now is not at all who I was last year. Life has stepped in. Wow! I believe all of us no matter where we are in our busy lives are being asked to take notice and step up into being part of and taking place in changing things within ourselves – our communities and world. This is a time like no other.
Although life changes are inevitable, we can also initiate personal change so we can rise to the challenge and become a bigger and better person as a result. How do we do this?
For starters… recognizing that change is inevitable, that there is always the potential for positive change in every moment and to stay grounded and in touch with our peace.
Here are some thoughts to ponder…
1. All things are coming and going
Everything that is happening now will change into something else; every thought and feeling, no matter how intense or dramatic, will one day be immaterial. Without change in ourselves we become stifled and stagnant. As nothing lasts forever, we can appreciate every moment, fully and completely, knowing it will never happen again. Coming to a still place, gently breathe in and out, silently repeating: And this too shall pass.
2. Each day starts anew
We always have the opportunity to transform fear into courage, selfishness into kindness and loss into fresh beginnings, just as palm trees transform muddy rainwater into sweet coconut milk. Spring is here, with new life bursting forth, and in the same way we too are capable of creating a new life for ourselves in each and every moment. For surely, life is about not having answers and taking chances, all without knowing what is going to happen next. Sitting quietly, breathing deeply and joyfully, silently repeat: I open my mind and heart to new possibilities.
Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
— Maria Robinson, author
3. Being peace
The clue to transformation is being able move with the waves, to paddle in the dip so we are ready to ride the next crest. Meditation creates a space where times of pain, sadness, anger, fear, hurt, confusion, doubt and all our other conflicting emotions can come and be known and gently released. It enables us to be present with whatever is and to accept, honor and move with change. All kinds of thoughts may arise, or feelings, sensations and images. We watch, without denying, pushing away or holding on. We can comfortably rest in stillness, without any judgment or discrimination.
Just as the breath comes in and out, so it is like the coming and going of all change.
Breathe in and out gently, and watch the natural rhythm of your breath. Silently repeat, May I be filled with ease, may I be peaceful, may I flow with the changes. And enjoy each moment, as it is a precious gift!
What gives your life meaning? Is there anything you would like to change?