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This was in an email I received recently, and it has been a boomerang message for me ; it keeps coming back to me when I need to be reminded.
As many of you know, I have been in transition, moving from IL to CA (its SO beautiful here. Come visit!). This is just one of the MANY transitions/changes that have been brought into my life in the past year, and really in the past few years.
As you already know, change is life; it’s inevitable. What’s IS up for debate is how we choose to experience that change. We can grip to our seat, kicking and screaming, fighting change the whole way as it depletes our energy and vitality, or we can open up, embrace it, and allow it through with trustful surrender. (I often find myself in-between.)
What seems to be underneath this is a really critical reflective question: Do you trust in the process that the Universe/God is presenting to you? Do you trust enough to allow life to move through you, or are you batting life away through rigidity, control, and fear?
As many of us have experienced in the news recently, and throughout history, there are many examples of choosing the latter and the havoc that that can wreak. What many of us need more examples of, and to be LIVING EXAMPLES of is the former: can we be the living embodiment of peace, ease, and grace, despite our external circumstances? What might that do for us? Those in our immediate environments? Beyond?
The practice begins in the moment, and it begins with awareness. Notice when you are being triggered (into anger, fear, jealousy, judgement), and rather than reacting from default habit patterns that we’ve created, take a deep full breath. Give the mind permission to unhook from the thoughts/beliefs/emotions. Ask yourself, “what would serve the highest good in this situation, right now?” And act accordingly.
I thank you for showing up to do that kind of work. The world will thank you, too.
With gratitude for your presence on the planet right now, I bow to you.
Jadi (Amrit Kirti Kaur)