The acceptance of change

We fear change, yet the most certain thing in life is constant change. Everything or everyone is temporary, change like the seasons, the day, the moon, the sky, nature, the universe is inevitable.

We become comfortable in our discomfort zones, too scared to dip our toe in the cold water of something new.

We endure suffering, putting off or fearing change, and we stay stuck and even when something does change we spend endless energy and more suffering denying it. Pretending it isn’t or hasn’t happened.

Instead, if we accept that everything is temporary, a constant flowing river of different occurrences and whatever occurs that we can not control has already happened and therefore can not be reversed, then the suffering goes. We no longer deny it, peace comes and the fear of the uncertain future subsidies as we step away from our thoughts of the future and become at peace with this present moment.

We do not have to be happy about every change but accepting it brings peace within that enables us to find joy in life now instead of suffering within from the thoughts and fears of the endless changing life, world and universe.

Change is always an opportunity if we are at peace within and it is always fear and suffering if we resist it.

Stone in the shoe

Deny things is a simple resistance to what is and will cause inner suffering, mental and thereafter, physical too. Like continuing to walk with a stone in our shoe, hoping that it might just go away. Denying that it’s there brings pain.

Acceptance of the stone in the shoe, what is, allows us to simply deal with it now, or not deal with it as that’s a choice too, but we end the suffering in the mind as we’ve accepted that it’s there. We do not hide from what is occurring now or in almost all cases, what has already occurred and therefore we are unable to change no matter how much we want to.

The only time we can actually deal with anything is now. Anything other than that simple acceptance is mental suffering and in the case of the stone in the shoe, physical as well, which interestingly always comes after mental suffering.