One of the most natural conditions in Life (as much as we’d rather not admit it) is Change. It’s a fact. A truth. A rule. A law. It just happens.
In the Zen practice of Acceptance, we learn how to understand this. And let it be. Because, without question, we can do nothing about it.
As with seasons, there is change. They arrive, they stay, they leave. We enjoy them, or we don’t. Doesn’t matter, they’re doing what seasons were meant to do.
What I heard this morning was about how we can be with these changes, or not.
It’s not up to us to decide if/when shit goes sideways and changes on us. It IS up to us how we deal with it. And that’s the key.
Fighting change is like fighting weather. We just get hot and sweaty and mad. The weather moves along, with no regard for our discomfort.
So, isn’t it better to dress for the weather and the seasons? Or, even, have fun with it? (As much as is possible, anyway. It is decidedly unlikely that I will ever feel fine in temperatures above 70. Not impossible, just pretty damned unlikely.)
Last night, as I rode home from Aqua Yoga, in the dark and the rain and that 34 degree howling wind, I was careful. And I was dressed appropriately. And yeah, I was also cold and not entirely dry. But, it wasn’t the worst. Not by any means or description.
Our daily draw talks about how we need to stay alert. Because, amidst the change and the movement in our lives, we also need to be aware. The lessons, like rain, are gonna happen. We may as well learn from them, appreciate them, take some joy in them, and be ready for them.
“Dragon’s Lair ~ 19 ~
‘You are always protected and Divinely directed.’
You have a remarkable internal warning system that lets you know when things are out of alignment. You’re about to enter dangerous territory, so tread carefully and be aware of your surroundings.
The path you are on now is one that will challenge you to the core. That said, peril is also exciting and exhilarating, like the danger you feel before you enter a new relationship, know that you will be changed forever.
Life lived fully isn’t lived only in safety. A new experience is calling to you, one that will test your courage. The choice is yours, but there is greater value in risk taking than remaining unchallenged.
New territories are waiting to be discovered.”
The Enchanted Map Oracle Cards by Colette Baron-Reid
is this gorgeous view of a local (well, local-ish) source of pride. A stop Dan and I made last year, during our round of wedding trips.
Taken yesterday (not by me). Freezing. Literally. I love this place, and hope we can go back there soon. (Facts and info HERE.)
Additionally, the similarity of our two images today did not escape me. Nice synchronicity there, Universe. Thanks!