As we enter March, we start to see the first flowers opening, the trees starting to blossom. We’re not quite there yet, but the seasons are on the shift again. Gradually there is more light stretching out our days, and a sense of renewal as the earth begins to thaw and shoots start appearing.
Change… *holds breath*
Notice how the word makes you feel.
The one thing we know about change is that it is happening to all of us, all of the time.
There are definitely some of us out the who crave change and thrive off the excitement of doing things differently. Some of us would rather pretend we were an ostrich and hope it all goes away by the time we dare to take a peep. A lot of us are somewhere between the two… depending on the context.
“The only contact in life is change” - Heraclitus
The concept of change being “constant” can be pretty scary and this is because change is associated with risk. Sometimes even loss or endings. And even when change is perceived as exciting and positive, we can still find the transition away from what is comfortable and familiar to be highly unnerving.
The thing that change creates within us is a sense of uncertainty; a not-knowingness. And whether we realise it or not, we have a choice within this not-knowingness. We can approach change with our heckles raised and our walls up, only to be left feeling dragged along or completely bulldozed.
Or we can approach it with an openness or heart and curiosity of spirit, a willingness to learn and continue our evolution.
When you embrace change you allow yourself to cooperate with the natural evolution that is the reality of existence on earth. - Jack Canfield
Even when the change is highly uncomfortable, maybe even excruciatingly painful, we have the opportunity to observe this within ourselves, to watch the rise and fall of our internal tides of sensation.
But by no means is this always easy! To have the ability to allow and welcome change gracefully requires a firm sense of our stability, a known and felt base of support to keep us safe in the midst of the unknown and flux.
This month our intention is to embrace change. On the mat, we will observe our internal reactions with a willingness to explore and be curious; a practice of keeping the channels open. Our physical postures will encourage rooting down in order to welcome flow.
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