Tuesday, December 05, 2006
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.