Tuesday, December 05, 2006

change



Given the chance to change:
If someone gave me a chance to change some things, I'd have to go back in time... Oh well.
A favorite Gandhi quote: " Be the change you wish to see in the world"
Once in yoga class, my teacher asked a question. "How do you heal yourself?" My first reaction to that question was to take care of yourself, eating right etc., but another student spoke up.. "Change your mind". Right, replied the teacher.
Much harder than we think. We are so programed through our experiences, our past, our upbringing. We think we know what the truth is in many cases. The past creates our beliefs. We cannot change unless our beliefs change, and we need to change our mind first.
Easy to change my clothes and even though changing my moods and attitudes are a bit challenging, I can do that. It's hard to change your mind on major stuff. You cannot change my mind about George Bush! You cannot change my mind about the damage negative thinking does, and yet I allow it to creep in and create disturbing thoughts, which create disturbing feelings.
I can easily change my mind while creating. And I almost always do. I allow the change to occur naturally while I'm in the process of creating. Some change feels natural.. some change hurts.
Change takes courage. Big change takes big courage.
And then there is the familiar poem:
Spirit/God Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.
I wish I can change the world to a most peaceful place. I wish I could change it so everyone had enough food, medicine, shelter... all the basics of life.
I wish we all had the compassion and love and courage to bring about this change.

1 comment:

JoTee said...

When I was younger I found change a bit difficult, then as I grew older changes seemed a natural part of living. Having moved numerous times throughout my life, the most difficult part was changing schools...& on & on.
I agree we need to change our minds first & nope you can't change your mind about George Bush!!
Negative thinking can destroy many things that are beautiful, so one really needs to work hard on not having negative thoughts. Through the years I have learned to overcome them most of the time, I do get scared when I let them take over my mind even for short periods of time.

When I am creating I to change my mind continually, just like the little Valentine bendi doll I just finished, I drew one thing & she is totally different from the drawing...go figure. I don't know if it is because of my jumping from one thing to the next but changing my mind can be fun most of the time...don't know if dh would agree on that one though or not.
Big changes do take courage like our recent move, on the whole the move has turned out very well for us, we love our NEW state of New Mexico & the small town that we now live in.
Being familar with the Spirit/God Grant me & so I whole heartly agree with your statement...

"I wish I can change the world to a most peaceful place. I wish I could change it so everyone had enough food, medicine, shelter... all the basics of life.

I wish we all had the compassion and love and courage to bring about this change."

(And then there is the familiar poem:
Spirit/God Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can, And the wisdom to know the difference.)

Wishing you & your family a very "Happy New Year" in 2007

Hugs Jody