As the season changes from summer to fall I breathe in the cool, crisp air noticing the changes all around me.
The Chinese word for change is comprised of two symbols – one for danger and another for opportunity. Seems appropriate considering our typical response to change is to either resist it or fully step into it. Let’s face it, we are creatures of habit who like to live within our schedules and routines. We eventually settle into the changes that unfold in our lives and once again life feels comfortable and safe. Until we stir it up that is or someone or something stirs it up for us.
Take a moment to notice the changes unfolding in your life right now. Some will be obvious and feel BIG while others more subtle with less significance and worry about their impact. Changes in our workplace and careers, changes in relationships, physical changes in our body and appearance, the list is endless. For the most part we’ve all come to understand and accept that change is inevitable and constant and yet most of us are still uncomfortable with it. Are you resisting the changes unfolding in your life or are you meeting them with joy and excitement? Try to answer this question without judgment of yourself or in believing there is a right and a wrong answer to it. It’s really just about noticing where we are at so we can then look at what’s underneath the fear and resistance or even the joy and excitement.
Sometimes we welcome or even invite change into our lives. We may choose to make changes for better health and well-being, to shift our financial situation, or our relationship status. It is always easier to navigate the change that we mindfully choose ourselves but what happens when change is forced upon us? Losing the job, divorce and separation, death of a friend or loved one, these are the experiences that become our tragedies and adversities. Should we choose the paths of healing and releasing these experiences in healthy ways we can triumph or be transformed by them. If we choose to stay in resistance, anger, sadness, or any low vibrating emotion for too long, they become the means of our suffering.
As an inspirational speaker for over a decade I have been asking audiences this question; ‘If you knew that your time left on this planet was only a few months, how many of you would choose to live your life differently than you are now?’ Easily 60% or more of each audience puts up their hands claiming that they would live their lives differently. My next question to them and to you; ‘what is stopping you from making those changes right now?’
Sometimes we really want to see change in our world. We want people to see what we can see or what we have learned. We want changes in our political structures, in our environmental stewardship, or in whichever systems and structures you are passionate about. Are there ways for you to advocate these changes that you would like to see or can you make changes within yourself to move closer to the global changes you desire?
In the traditional yoga community the Hindu deity Shiva is revered as the God of Change. The idea is that something has to die in order for there to be a rebirth. Another way of saying it is that something needs to be let go of in order to create the space for the new. Is there an old story, belief, or wound that you need to release in order to create the space for what you really want?
If you take a moment to reflect back on your life story, you will see that the biggest personal growth and expansion that you have experienced have been birthed out of the biggest change stories that you have successfully navigated yourself through. Perhaps this perspective will help you navigate the current change unfolding in your life.
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This collection of conscious artists have written some powerful songs to help us journey into the exploration of change. These playlists are originally created for my themed yoga classes but are applicable to all of us.
I would like to invite you to support these artists by purchasing the songs that you resonate with. Illegal downloading cripples independent artists like myself; we can’t keep producing music without your love and support – plus it’s good karma and honors the energetic flow between us…
Sample the Playlist
Support the Artists (links to iTunes)
Jack Johnson Feat. Ben Harper
Music for Deep Meditation
The Silent Awakening
Peace…Back By Popular Demand
From Here to Now to You
The Gospel Truth
Magical Healing Mantra
Where You Live
Sing-A-Longs & Lullabies
Wretches & Jabberers Soundtrack
I believe we need to move the music medicine around the planet to support the awakening that is unfolding within each of us. We need to support these beautiful artists so that they can continue producing music that will lift the vibration of the planet. Please share the blog and if you know of some really great songs/artists that need to be included in future playlists, connect with me. Love & Light my friends…
Shri Ananda is a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher, musician, and spiritual filmmaker creating music and stories to help us awaken to who we really are. Shri is a grounded and joyful yoga teacher who invites you to journey inward. His classes promote self-understanding, intuition, and transformation from the inside-out through mindful movement and breath work. Ananda is known for his themed ‘Gentle Spirit Yoga’ classes – combining gentle yoga with spiritual exploration through music . He is presently instructing at Ekahi Yoga Center in Kelowna, British Columbia and hosts retreats around the world.