Most of us understand, at least from a big picture perspective, that Change is Constant. When it impacts our lives personally, however (in relationships, lifestyles, abilities), it often terrorizes us. Most of us don’t like change throwing itself at us without invitation!
When stuck in patterns of the past—whether that’s “woe is me” or “whoa, it’s me!”—we often assume that everything (good or bad) will always stay the same. We forget that transition and modification ebb and flow like the tide.
Beginnings follow closures. But, those new starts aren’t always what we want—being single again due to death or dissolution of a relationship, joblessness when least expected, life-threatening illness in spite of healthy living. We didn’t anticipate those closures so beginning anew doesn’t feel like it holds any promise.
Consciousness is knowledge. It offers us the ability to release the old and embrace the new with an awareness that all things of this world end. But, this truth is often really difficult because most of us seek stability not change.
Living consciously requires living intentionally in the moment—this moment, not the one two hours ago or the one that’s going to happen at 5:00 on Friday.
Everything we do in this life begins with some form of choice (in your formative years most decisions were, obviously, made by someone else). Awareness, of how each of those choices—even the seemingly insignificant ones—impacted where you are now, helps you embrace the journey.
Living “unconsciously”, where you’re led by thought patterns and emotions that create automatic responses—behaviour, now so ingrained that you probably never actually think about it—robs you of the experience of choosing.
These lyrics for “Turn, Turn, Turn” were taken, almost word-for-word, from Ecclesiastes 3-9:
there is a season turn, turn, turn
and a time to every purpose under heaven
a time to be born, a time to die
a time to plant, a time to reap,
a time to kill, a time to heal
a time to laugh, a time to weep
a time to build up, a time to break down
a time to dance, a time to mourn
a time to cast away stones, a time to gather stones together
a time for love, a time for hate
a time for peace, I swear it’s not too late
In racing through life we miss so much. I’m conscious of that and still, in my humanness, get caught up in the things of this world; things that don’t really matter.
Food For Thought:
Are you afraid of the changes and “turns” that might occur? If so, can you choose to accept that there really isn’t anything constant except change?
What can you do, today, to step into conscious living? Being aware of the fragility of life isn’t a macabre perspective. It’s simply an embracing of truth.
How will you move forward, emboldened to make your life “a time for peace”? Because, no matter where you are in your journey, it’s, as written in Ecclesiastes, “not too late”.
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