Hello my fellow human Beings:
We all go through changes in our lives on a continual basis.
Whether it be:
- a new season;
- a new job;
- a new relationship; or
- a new life challenge.
We all go through a process of experiencing endings and new beginnings.
Now, all you meditators will know that the law of impermanence states that everything changes. This is a universal truth: everything that arises will pass away; everything that is born will die; everything will change in its own time.
Intellectually, we can agree that this makes sense.
By the witness of our senses, we observe the changes in the seasons.
But how do we truly accept, at a cellular or molecular level, the changes that arise in us when our life situation changes significantly with a new job, a new relationship or a new life challenge?
Generally, a slew of emotions arise within us with these changing life situations, which can range from fear to hope, anxiety to joy, and worry to elation, to name but a few.
We can make physical preparations to manage the new change. We can even tell ourselves positive affirmations like:
“This change is good for me.”
“I embrace this change with my whole being.”
“Everyone and everything changes and I allow change in everyone and everything.”
These practices are useful, but even though we do and say these things to make us more comfortable with the change, we may not have altered the underlying beingness of ourselves to welcome the change. Until we do that, we will not fully be at ease with the change.
As Doris Mortman, New York Times bestselling fictional author, notes:
“Until you make peace with who you are, you’ll never be content with what you have.”
So how do we make peace with who we are, so that we can be content with what we have in this moment with this new relationship, new job or other new beginning?
It requires us to be still and connected with our true essence – the intelligence deep within our beings that permeates every cell of our bodies and that is at the core of who we are.
Meditation is a great way to practice letting go of expectations, being non-reactive to changes in our bodies, and adopting the real meaning of ANICCA (the Pali word for change).
It is a tool to help us be at peace and harmony with who we truly are in this present moment.
It is a training aid to facilitate our acceptance of change at a cellular level.
Through meditation, we experience change in a non-judgemental and non-reactive way, whether it be the changes in the flow of our breath, or the sensations in our body, or the passing thoughts in our mind.
It is through meditation practice that each of us learns to fully just BE:
- Be me in this moment.
- Be secure with my essence within the ebb and flow of change.
- Be peace.
- Be love.
- Be happiness.
- JUST BE WHO I AM.
So when we can just be, then we can whole-heartedly accept the changes in our lives with our body, mind and spirit and our whole essence, even at the molecular level, welcomes the change.
Indra Devi, yoga teacher to such students as Marilyn Monroe and Greta Garbo, and former dancer and Hindi film actress from Latvia, stated:
“Like water which can clearly mirror the sky and the trees only so long as its surface is undisturbed, the mind can only reflect the true image of the Self when it is tranquil and wholly relaxed.”
So as you go about your life and you experience a significant life change, remember to be still, BREATHE, observe the smaller changes within your body without reaction and without judgement, connect to your inner wisdom, your True Self, and embrace the change at a cellular, mental and physical level, so that you may live more abundantly!