Change is in the air
Autumn and winter are periods of retreat in the world of nature. Growth seems to be at a standstill and animals have to forage or hunt with greater skill and determination until the spring comes. We, too, have our periods of less activity, when our earth element predominates more. Then gradually, or sometimes with a burst, our creativity emerges from its rest. We become the instruments of change, which can be very exciting – or maybe a little frightening.
Things cannot stay the same
Change is inevitable. That’s a good thing in some ways because when the days are dark, we know that they will eventually get lighter. Nothing stays the same because change is inherent in absolutely everything. Even the mountains are gradually changing. But this can create a tendency in us to hang onto the good times, to the days of laughter and pleasure. Change is everywhere. Sometimes the prospect of it seems like fun but often we resist. I should know – I’m an expert at resisting.
Act or accept?
When circumstances are bad and there is something constructive we can do, of course we should act. At other times, though, not accepting what life is presenting to us simply makes us unhappy. If it’s raining, we can blame the weather forecaster who promised sunshine. But what a waste of energy that is, and it actually makes life harder and the day more miserable. Alternatively, we can choose to be happy – marvel at the miracle of rain and enjoy life as it is now.
Accepting the present moment and what it brings actually makes us feel safe. Then we can smile and be free of the fear of losing anything.
More on this in The Art of Not Doing
Upcoming workshop in Staffordshire: Longevity – A Case for Leading a Long and Happy Life. Details here.