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Change is the Only Constant

Lately, every walk along the river reveals yet another sign of the changing seasons: the sweet smell of dried grasses, the winding down of the cricket’s song, the sunning garter snake on the walk path, and the fiery-hued leaves against a vibrant blue sky. The Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, said that change is the only constant in life: in nature, yes, but, of course, in us too.

For us, change is an evolution of thought; experiences and observations collected and processed, one by one, until they reveal themselves as a new way of thinking, a new way of doing and being. Change can take time because sometimes we fight it. We get anxious around ambiguity; of not exactly knowing what the name is of this developing feeling or idea or practice. Uncertainty can be uncomfortable. And change oftentimes involves fear: Will I be accepted even though I think and feel differently about this? What else in my life will need to change as a result?

Saying “yes” to change requires us to not only to embrace uncertainty and the unknown, but to actually trust and believe in ourselves. But it is here, in this suspended state, with the tension of uncertainty and belief side-by-side, where the magic happens. Dear friend, if you can sustain this, then the “yes” will unfold and in this practice, you will find that the possibilities for you are truly endless.

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