“Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralysed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds’ wings.”
My friend, Alida, has an amazing term for spiritual growth which she calls, Snowflaking. Her definition is: “there are no two snowflakes alike, closely examined they are all intricately complex and uniquely beautiful. One thing we don’t realize is that in order to become that beautiful unique form, they come apart and come together again at a higher level sometimes thousands of times before reaching earth…. and even then sometimes only to exist for a few seconds on someone’s tongue!”
That is a picture of a real snowflake. Take a moment to look at it. It is truly divine. Study the snowflake’s intricate details. There is something so exquisite that words escape me. And to think, it was formed in a world of constant change. It’s life was always in a constant flux, and yet, behold it’s magnificence. This is a very important lesson that will ease the hardships of an ever changing existence. As Heraclitus said, “Change is the only constant in life.”
If we can understand that life is changing at all times, it will get tremendously easier. Just think what truly changes in our lives and I think you will see what I’m talking about. Here are a few: the weather, our moods, our bodies, our relationships, our 401k, love, judgments, response, work, music, time, the Universe! Everything changes. Not one thing remains the same. Once you embrace this idea, wow, your world will begin to transform. It will be amazing! I used to hate change. The uncertainty killed me. I used to worry about keeping my job forever, moving apartments, changing acting partners, new friends, new projects, energy work, etc.. It was always changing! However, after I got this concept down, I was able to enjoy the change.
The change is what makes us. We are the snowflake.
THE QUICK AND DIRTY TASK: Embrace the change
The What: Change is life. It can be scary but it is inherent on this wacky journey. There is not one thing that does not change. We need to get on board with it and treat it as a dance.
The How: Look at the past month of your life and notice how it has changed. A baby? The weather? Your coffee flavor? Haircut? Stain on your carpet? Anything and everything! It’s a good thing. Now dance! Flow with the music, allow it to move you around the room, shifting and changing direction on a seconds notice. Oh it’s beautiful.
The Why: Life is meant to change in order for us to grow. This is a gift from the Universe. Embrace it and let go of the static ways of life. Attachment to things will only lead to needless heartache. However, if we go back to the post about Zen and the Art of Happiness, then with change we can say, ” I can’t wait to see what exciting thing will come from the Universe for my benefit.”
Enjoy the dance of change.