Welcoming Change

This is my twenty-third post in a series, where each Monday (if possible) I will post about a point of reflection or insight that I will use to reflect and meditate on during the week. In order to make it a bit more focused and interesting, I will attempt to do this with topics beginning with letters from A to Z. I have often found that having a specific topic to reflect and/or meditate on during the week really lends itself to interesting insights and growth, because you not only have several days to reflect and meditate on the topic, but you have several days to put any lessons and insights that you discover to work in your every day life. For those that follow me on Twitter (@JasonLivingNow) I will try to write updates as the weekly topics come up during meditations, moments of reflection, or just during everyday life. To view the current and previous entries in this series, please visit the: Reflections and Insights A Through Z section.

My son Jase playing in the snow with his Uncle Shelby! (c) Shelby Hurst Photography 2012. http://www.shelbyhurstphotography.com/

My son Jase playing in the snow with his Uncle Shelby! (c) Shelby Hurst Photography 2012. http://www.shelbyhurstphotography.com/

W= Welcoming Change: Well the time has come to welcome in the new year, and with it a new year of opportunities, and a new year of changes. Already this year I have lost my grandfather and had a bout with the flu. However, I have also had positive changes, because I have started making significant progress towards living a healthier life, and in a few short weeks my wife and I should be finding out whether or not we will be having another little boy or a little girl in July!

While the changes thus far haven’t all been pleasant, changes are a part of life. Too often , we get comfortable in the status quo, and when any changes come our way we resist them. We even tend to resist changes that have the ability to affect positive changes. However, life is in a constant state of change and flux. Therefore, we can either learn to live in harmony with the flow of life (Wu Wei in Taoism), or we can continually oppose change in our life. The constant stream of life is like a river in constant motion. One can learn to flow with the stream of life, or one can oppose it, and just as a river will eventually wear down even the mightiest boulder, life will eventually wear down an individual that opposes its natural flow.

The great Tao flows everywhere.

All things are born from it, yet it doesn’t create them.

It pours itself into its work, yet it makes no claim.

It nourishes infinite worlds, yet it doesn’t hold on to them.

Since it is merged with all things and hidden in their hearts, it can be called humble.

Since all things vanish into it and it alone endures, it can be called great.

It isn’t aware of its greatness; thus it is truly great.

- Tao Te Ching, Chapter 34 (Stephen Mitchell Translation)

 

If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to.

If you aren’t afraid of dying there is nothing you can’t achieve.

 

Trying to control the future is like trying to take the master carpenter’s place.

When you handle the master carpenter’s tools, chances are that you’ll cut your hand.

- Tao Te Ching, Chapter 74 (Stephen Mitchell Translation)

Practical Tip: When faced with change, try to focus on the positive aspects. Perhaps the loss of a loved one is for the best due to their poor health. Perhaps the loss of a job or a relationship will open up new doors. Obviously, sometimes negative changes are inevitable, but if you can become aware that change, even negative change, is a natural part of life, the valleys of life can be easier to traverse. As the saying goes, sometimes it is darkest just before the dawn.

I would love to see your thoughts and comments on what you have done, or plan to do, in order to welcome, or at least cope with, change in your life. I would also love for you to share any thoughts or insights that come up.

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11 Responses

  1. Beautiful, thoughtful post. Change is terrifying but more often than not results in rewards you would have never experienced if you didn’t take the leap. After years in a corporate job, I knew I wanted to leave to start my own business. Then, several years ago my home burnt down and we lost everything. I focused on the fact that my family and all of our pets were safe. We had to rebuild and during the process I found so much joy in making the new home our own and pulling together all of the details That’s when I decided to go for it with an interior design business and now I’m happier than ever.

  2. Change is a part of life that I am slowly coming to terms with. I have fought change as a teenager and a young adult, but the older I get the more I realize that change positive and negative can make you a better person. Every thing happens for a reason, and it always teaches you a lesson. Great post! Can’t wait for February 7th :)

  3. Change is a part of life that I am slowly coming to terms with. I have fought change as a teenager and a young adult, but the older I get the more I realize that change positive and negative can make you a better person. Every thing happens for a reason, and it always teaches you a lesson. Great post! Can’t wait for February 7th :)

  4. Change (especially if sudden) are not easily acceptable. But as you rightly mentioned, it works if we shift our focus towards its positive side

  5. Change (especially if sudden) are not easily acceptable. But as you rightly mentioned, it works if we shift our focus towards its positive side

  6. Hi Jason, I really liked your post. It made me remember a poem by Rumi. He says: “This being human is a guest house./ Every morning a new arrival./ A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes/ as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all!” — and then in the end of the poem: “Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.”

  7. terminus8 says:

    Reblogged this on Life: My Daily Teacher and commented:
    Humans are creatures of habits and routine. We often like seeing patterns in the chaos around us; it can be a comfort. Patterns in our own lifestyles can also become a source of comfort. Any sort of change in that can become a source of panic.

    But as this post demonstrates, change should be welcomed, and not feared. It keeps the ‘newness’ in life, and gives us the diversity of experiences we need to thrive, and be happy.

    A great post.

  8. mindfuldiary says:

    Getting used to change, adjust, adapt are the some of the most important lessons of life. It’s even more important than all the book wisdom we have learned at school. Thanks for this reminder! Congrats with new baby! :)

  9. Thank you for liking a couple of my posts! You have a great blog! I hope the new baby brings lots of wonderful change!

  10. Thanks for “liking” my post on Meditation, I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read here too. When my 100 Days 100 Breaths is done, I will be choosing a new structure for my meditations, perhaps A-Z?

    May you keep learning how to welcome change,
    Judy

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