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"Wherever You Are, Be Totally There"

Eckhart Tolle

Change Is In The Air

Updated: May 1

When change becomes palpable, it can feel unsettling, yet it's often an invitation for growth and adaptation.

We are creatures of habit so for some, change becomes an obstacle, a challenge to be in control. The saying goes that what we resist, persists. yet, in many and most cases, change can be good for the soul.

Let's explore how to navigate these shifts using wisdom from various disciplines.

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Image by Chris Lawton

1. Embrace Impermanence: Recognize that change is a fundamental aspect of existence. As Heraclitus famously said,

"The only constant in life is change."

Embracing this truth can help ease the discomfort of unexpected shifts.

2. Practice Acceptance: Acceptance doesn't mean resignation; it means acknowledging reality as it is. Alan Watts advised,

"The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance."

3. Cultivate Resilience: Resilience is the ability to bounce back from adversity. As Marcus Aurelius noted, "The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way." Use challenges as opportunities for growth.

4. Seek Guidance: From family matters to work and the future, seeking counsel can provide clarity. Consulting with trusted friends, mentors, or professionals can offer fresh perspectives.

Astronomical Clock
Astronomical Clock

5. Adapt and Innovate: Charles Darwin's principle of natural selection extends beyond biology. He stated, "It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change." Look for innovative solutions and adapt accordingly.

6. Connect with Cosmic Wisdom: Astrologers often remind us of the cyclical nature of life. The alignment of stars and planets may symbolize shifts in our personal and collective journeys. Remember, as Carl Sagan said,

"We are made of star-stuff."

Align yourself with the rhythms of the universe.

7. Find Meaning in Chaos: Physicist Niels Bohr remarked, "The opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth." In times of chaos, seek deeper meaning. Look for patterns amidst the turbulence, and find solace in the interconnectedness of all things.

8. Practice Mindfulness: Amidst change, it's easy to get caught up in worries about the future or regrets about the past. Practicing mindfulness brings you back to the present moment, where you can find peace and clarity.

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Meditate - Foster Gratitude

9. Foster Gratitude: Even amidst change, there are often blessings to be found. Gratitude cultivates a positive mindset and helps you focus on what's going right, rather than dwelling on what's going wrong.

10. Stay Grounded in Self: Amidst external flux, cultivate a strong sense of self. As Socrates advised, "Know thyself." Understanding your values, strengths, and aspirations can anchor you amidst life's turbulence.

So, when change becomes impossible to ignore, approach it with openness, resilience, and a willingness to learn. Remember the words of Viktor Frankl,

"When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves."

Embrace the challenge, for therein lies your growth and evolution.


Deb xx

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