“Consciousness is only possible through change; change is only possible through movement.” Aldous Huxley
How do you feel about movement in your life? Do you enjoy new experiences or do they make you nervous?
(Thank you, Mike, for today’s “M” word. It definitely moved my thinking! For next week, I need a topic that begins with “N” so please share your ideas with me in the comment box. Thanks so much!)
At this time of year the movement of nature is almost overwhelming. The trees are lush and full, gardens are abundant with flowers and vegetables, and where I live, the rains frequently replenish the earth. Then, when fall and winter come, these gifts disappear. Under the colorful leaves of autumn, acorns grow and fall to feed the bears and the arriving cold weather pushes us to get out our sweaters and coats.
Our Lives Change Like The Seasons
Aside from our need to adapt to nature’s changing seasons, the seasons of our personal lives may change too. Couples are married, babies are born, friends and relatives pass away. We experience accidents or illness that force us to live differently by resting more often, spending less time with friends, or helping care for those who are ill while we’re still trying to work.
How we deal with the movement in our lives may determine how much we grow. Every change presents us with an opportunity to make new choices. If we are afraid of change, we may miss the chance to try something new that could be a true gift. Fear of change may also prevent us from healing wounds that have given us pain for years.
Chance Movement May Bring Gifts
A number of years ago, I felt very frustrated with my dating experiences with men. I had been in a few relationships over the years but seemed always to be drawn to men who wouldn’t or couldn’t make a commitment to me. Since trying to meet guys in person wasn’t working, I considered going online, but I didn’t think that was a wise approach. How could I know if the guy was telling me the truth when I couldn’t see him in person?
Because I couldn’t think of other options, I decided to try it. Most of the men didn’t live anywhere near me and the last thing I wanted was another long-distance relationship. Then, one day I got an email from a man who had seen me online, was interested, but said I had disappeared from the website where he found my profile.
As it turns out, I had accidently gotten on that site and when I discovered it, I deleted my account. But this guy didn’t give up. He searched and found my blog and an email address. He seemed rather interesting and we began emailing. He was planning soon to move to a town near me. When he did, we started dating.
This week we joyously celebrated our seventh wedding anniversary. My true soul mate had found me accidently! Life can be beautifully surprising!
Movement Helps Understand Others
It’s also true that some ideas we have may lead us in the wrong direction, so we have to look at the possible consequences and weed out what is dangerous or unwise. But when the change could lead us to a better job or a better life or friendship, it is good to explore the possibilities further. The key is to keep moving instead of remaining stagnant.
Unlike many people, I don’t have a life-long connection to one place and the people living there. Even my family has lived in different cities. But making my home in a variety of locations has increased my consciousness of different cultures.
When I taught Native American high school students in New Mexico, some students attended school but didn’t do the work. I learned that they had decided to follow their native culture as opposed to the “white man’s way” and attended school only until they could legally quit. While this made them more acceptable to their culture, it was difficult for them to find work and earn money to feed their families.
Often, when we have difficulty understanding the choices people make, it is because we are stuck in our own beliefs and judge the differences we see in others. To understand the differences, we must move beyond the surface. We must allow our minds and emotions to travel to new places.
Seeing a situation from another point of view may reveal the solution to a problem that we thought had no solution. At the very least it will move our consciousness to a better understanding of the human condition and increase our empathy for others.
The movement of the mind is unlimited, so enjoy the universe through which it travels.
© 2021 Georganne Spruce
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