Life's certainty rests upon the constancy of change. We often suffer when we do not like the change that has occurred and/or that of which is occurring now. Being with the change is the way to eliminate suffering. Hence, going against the change is what makes the suffering happen.
It can be easy to move with change when we label it as positive and/or something we were hoping for. However, what can you do when you have a change in your life such as a traumatic event, physical injury or illness? Do you simply accept this change and go with it?
Being able to face the occurrence and accept that it is happening is the way you can avoid adding an extra layer of pain and suffering.We often avoid facing painful occurrences by stuffing them down, ignoring them, using drugs, alcohol, food, media, and other ways to escape. As we know, what we resist, persists. The more we can step into the change, move with it and cultivate a level of compassion for it, the more ease we will feel with it.
It's in the adapting to the change where we can understand our true nature and abilities for this life. Being accepting of the happenings outside of us can support our ability to work with what is, rather than being in a state of wishing for what isn't. It's natural to wish for good health and have hopes for good health. It's in the accepting of your current state of being that will bring you to the next step in adapting to how things are. Going with the change and being present with emotions that may arise with this change brings about your ability to adapt, grow and be with this change so you can move through it.
One thing that is certain is that our lives and our health will change, fade, morph, etc. It's in how we embrace and listen to these changes that we can see our strengths and ability to adapt to what life chooses to give to us.
When you are in a space where you may not want to go with these changes, I invite you to follow some of these words from the Loving Kindness meditation. These words can fill your heart with hope, joy and happiness. Give these words to yourself, your friends, acquaintances, and those who you may be having some conflict with. Feel these intentions in your heart. Knowing that some "dangers" may occur in your life, yet you can seek refuge in knowing you can adapt and adjust to anything that comes your way when you accept it's happening.
May you be filled with lovingkindness.
May you be safe from inner and outer dangers.
May you be well in body and mind.
May you be at ease and happy.
~ Rooted Living Wellness Coach, Liz Myers, MA, PCCI
Liz Myers, MA, RYT200
Spiritual Life Coach, Yoga and Meditation Teacher.
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