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Try not to resist the changes that come your way.

Instead let life live through you.

And do not worry that your life is turning upside down.

How do you know that the side you are used to

is better than the one to come?

~Rumi

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Excerpt from: Living as a River by Bodhipaksa

In studies it has been found

that we frequently

try to find something unchanging and reliable

with which to identify,

something that acts like a secure island

in the midst of a river of change.

Often what we cling to is an

ideology,

or a religious…identity,

or a sense of…belonging

to a group or nation.

This response is one of fear and clinging.

We see change around us and we’re afraid…

and we try to find something to cling to—

something more permanent and stable than ourselves.

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By: Morgan Farley

(found in Soulcraft by Bill Plotkin)

I am clearing a space-

here, where the trees stand back.

I am making a circle so open

the moon will fall in love

and stroke these grasses with her silver.


I am setting stones in the four directions,

stones that have called my name

from mountaintops and riverbeds,

canyons and mesas.

Here I will stand with my hands empty,

mind gaping under the moon.


I know there is another way to live.

When I find it, the angels

will cry out in rapture,

each cell of my body

will be a rose, a star.


If something seized my life tonight,

if a sudden wind swept through me,

changing everything,

I would not resist.

I am ready for whatever comes.


But I think it will be

something small, an animal

padding out from the shadows,

or a word spoken so softly

I hear it inside.


It is dark out here, and cold.

The moon is stone.


I am alone with my longing.


Nothing is happening

but the next breath,

and the next…

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We all know from experience

that we can’t change other people,

yet most of us have a tendency to try.


This is because we naturally feel the need

to do something to change situations

that we find troubling.


It often doesn’t occur to us

that the best way to create change

is not to try to convince others to change

but to change ourselves.



When we make adjustments from within,

we become role models for others,

and leading by example

is much more inspiring

than a lecture or an argument.

We sometimes look outside ourselves

for what’s wrong with the world,

but the outside world is really

just a mirror

reflecting us back to ourselves.


When we encounter

negativity—anger,

depression, fear—

we empower ourselves

by looking for its roots

inside of ourselves.


For example,

if you have a friend who is unreliable,

observe yourself and notice

if there are ways in which

you are unreliable.


You may be surprised to discover

that you have your own struggles

with this issue

in ways you weren’t able to see.


Once you own the issue for yourself,

you can begin to work for change

within yourself.


This will also

enable you to have more compassion

for your friend.


At the very least,

as you strive to become more reliable,

you will become more

of the person you want to be.


In the best-case scenario,

you will be an inspiration to others.


You can apply the same method to larger issues.


For example,

if there is something you see

in the larger world

that you would like to change—

let’s say, greed—

try taking responsibility

for changing it in yourself.


Instead of being angry

with those you see as greedy,

seek out the roots

of your own greed

and come to terms

with your power to transform it.


This may be the best way

to lead the world toward

greater moderation

and generosity.


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Moving locations

when you feel strongly to do so

is a way of bringing

your spiritual and earthly energies together.


There will likely be times in your life

when your soul evolves more quickly

than your circumstances.


Your subconscious mind

may be ready to move forward

long before you recognize

that you are destined

to embrace a new way of life.


Your soul intuitively understands

that changing habitats

can be a vital part of the growth process

and that there may be one part of you

that is eager

to move to another home,

another state,

or another plane of existence.


But the ties that bind you

to your current mode of being

can make moving into this next stage of your life

more challenging than it has to be.


If you find it difficult to move on,

consider that just as people in your life

may come and go,

your role in others’ lives

may also be temporary.


And many of the conditions

that at first seemed favorable

served you for a short time.


When you are ready

to match your situation to your soul,

you will find that you feel

a new sense of harmony and

increasingly connected

to the ebb and flow

of the universe.


Moving on can be defined in numerous ways.

Your forward momentum

may take you from your current locale

to a place you instinctively know

will be more nurturing,

comfortable,

and spiritually enriching.


Once you arrive,

your misgivings will vanish,

and you will know

that you have found a sanctuary.


Similarly, subtle changes in your values,

goals, or emotional needs

can motivate you to distance yourself

from one group of people

in order to re-associate yourself

with individuals that are

better able to support you.


For example, this could mean

moving away from your birth family

in order to find

your energetic or spiritual family.


The route you need to travel

may not always be clear;

you may feel inspired to change

yet be unsure as to why or how.


Clarity may come in the form of a question

if you are willing to seriously ask yourself

where your soul is trying to take you.


In a way,

moving from one point to another

when you feel strongly driven to do so

is a way of bringing

your spiritual

and earthly energies

together.


It is a two-step process

that involves not only letting go

but also reconnecting.


You will know you have found your destination,

physical or otherwise,

when you feel in your heart

that you have been reborn into a life

that is just the right shape,

size,

and composition.


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Well-being is the only order of the day,

unless you are doing something to pinch it off.


So, little by little, more and more,

people begin to feel comfortable

with their own thoughts;

especially, understanding

that thoughts don’t have

instant manifestational power, anyway.


You live in this time/space reality

where there is a buffer zone between

the offering of a thought and

the receiving of the manifestation.


So it gives you

a lot of opportunity

to amend and

add to.


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Change perception

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