Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, is known for his doctrine of change being central to the universe. So, with the only constant in life being change, we can ask ourselves: How accepting are we of change?
In yoga, we learn tools and techniques to make difficult change easier to manage. With change being ever-present, how can be begin our process to not only open up to change, but to also accept it?
Types of Change
When we consider change, we can break it down into two types:
External change – something new that comes into our life
Internal change – something new that comes from within us.
External changes may be more obvious, but can we notice those more subtle, internal changes? As we continue to recognize external and internal change, we gain insight as to how we react or respond to these two types of change.
Our Emotions and Change
When change occurs, what emotions arise? What changes create stress and anxiety? What changes bring about happiness and optimism?
When we can notice our emotional response to change, we can then choose whether to fuel the more negative emotional responses or the positive ones.
“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”
~ Albert Einstein
In understanding more about ourselves, it is helpful to take a moment to pause and consider what changes we wish to make or create. In this process, we notice if our thoughts propel us towards positive change or limit us in facilitating it.
Part of being able to embrace change is to recognize what in our life, our environment and our relationships needs to change and shift for better health, well-being and balance. Once we recognize what can change for the positive, we are one step closer to cultivating and embracing change.
Recognizing our views, responses and reactions to change is an opportunity to better understand ourselves as our journey towards higher evolutionary growth continues.
In the words of Mahatma Gandhi, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
Hari Om Tat Sat
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