Look at it there on your screen. Such a curious word. If you stare at it long enough, it becomes strange. Strange change. Say it aloud a few times. Verbally, it not so much rolls off the tongue than pushes itself out your mouth. Almost like a little birth happens each time you say it ...and I've been saying it a lot lately because I'm at a time in my life where I'm experiencing a lot of this, 'Change'. Recently, I quit my qualified career path - which was 'OKAY' but severely lacking in inspiration - and stepped away from a healthy pay cheque to start to live the life I hadn't fully considered for myself. A vibrant, connected and purposeful life.
Growing up, I was always told that I had to work hard to succeed and of course that's true, but there was no mention of having FUN while you do it, or finding something that brings you JOY while also providing a livelihood. I think these days, consciousness is higher and 'the yoot' have a better grasp on this concept, but back in the 70s in little old Taupo, New Zealand, fun wasn't high on the list of criteria in the Guidance Councillors office at school. So, I found myself doing something I didn't necessarily enjoy, day in and day out, for the money. It served a basic purpose of security and once that purpose was met, I thought to myself, time for some change.
A lot of the issues that Jay speaks about in this video are part of my current mental juggle as I seek to create a new path. To change my life. I'm asking myself what's important. People are important. Adventure is important. Self-care and intuition are important. Staying connected to myself and how I feel is important. And how I feel is something that needs to be quality-checked daily. So in turn, how I choose to spend each and every day needs to feel good. The sum of my days equates to MY LIFE..... so what kind of life will that be? Such a simple equation, but one that I missed for so long.
As I become a more dedicated Yogi, (and in turn, meditator), the right decisions are clearer and easier. What to fight for and what to let go of. How to respond to change, both when I've created it myself and when it is put to me by life's beautiful ballet. How to move forward with an open heart and trust that the right things happen at the right time. How to accept change without fear. My experience of the world has changed so much through my Yoga practice because it has changed me and how I see things. I didn't know that I could manage, let alone enjoy, so much change in so little time. This new relationship with change is high on my mind. Changing the world starts with you. Change yourself. Change your own world.
Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes!! - David Bowie