Ironically, one of the only constants in life is constant change. Especially in today’s environment, it is more important than ever to be able to adapt. However, for most people, this is much easier said than done. As human beings, it is in our nature to crave homeostasis—the state when everything remains the same. However, the nature of the universe is to keep expanding and evolving; herein lies the problem. How do we, as sensitive creatures, adapt to the idea of constant change?
This has been such a pervasive issue for people—ever since we started populating the world. Entire religions have even been based on the concept of learning how to embrace change and go with the flow. For instance, Taoism presents the idea that change is an inherent part of the cycle of life. This religion heavily emphasizes the idea of embracing the life force and finding a way to be in harmony with the changes that do occur in our lives.
We also see the concept of dealing with change in some of our popular culture, with the popular song “Circle of Life” in The Lion King. Self-improvement guru Oprah Winfrey frequently encourages fans to “find your flow” when she hears stories of people encountering constant difficulties in their lives. Although the concept makes sense, however, it can be difficult to apply in real life.
As human beings, change is literally in our DNA; it has been with us ever since we first started to appear. And it’s also in our climate. Although the climate change nowadays is attributed to human pollution, thousands of years ago it was due to natural causes and our world was extremely cold. Our early ancestors were already being forced to adapt.
In the case of dealing with change, it may be that the solution and the problem are intertwined. Once we make peace with the idea of constant change, our lives begin to flourish in ways that we couldn’t have possibly imagined. Instead of being traumatic, change begins to become something that we embrace, relishing it as an innate part of our world. As the old adage goes, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”
A consistent meditation practice can also be a good way to deal with change. By focusing on the breath and synchronizing our minds with our bodies, we can more easily become part of the universal flow. The more we shine a light on how we can better handle change, the more effective we will be—in every aspect of our lives.