Change Happens

Please watch the videos below and I invite you to share anything you wish about your experiences on the forum or via email.

No man ever steps in the same river twice, or it's not the same river and he's not the same man. - Heraclitus

 

Although our universe is interconnected, from the vast to the minute, we have the delusion of separateness. The interconnected nature of the way all things exist is not a mystery. It is logical, scientific, and pervasive, so the real mystery is why we do not see life this way?

 

Although our universe is interconnected, from the vast to the minute, we have the delusion of separateness. The interconnected nature of the way all things exist is not a mystery. It is logical, scientific, and pervasive, so the real mystery is why we do not see life this way?

 

Unfortunately the illusion of permanence has its downfalls! We are constantly seduced by the dance of illusory objects that appear to be the source of contentment and satisfaction. However, because they are in the nature of change they cannot sustain.

 

All things are in the nature of change. Even without an action, change nevertheless is happening both on a gross and atomic level. Molecules and atoms are constantly moving, vibrating with kinetic energy. Nature and phenomena are in a dance of creation, coming together, merging, blending falling apart, separating and disintegrating. In this way, possibility abounds in every moment. When we open up to this and embrace the serendipitous adventure of happenstance, even just one step can potentially open up an experience of wonder, joy and awakening. A world of endless possibility! When we practice slowing down we open ourselves up to an entire new world and discover the wonder in every moment. We see things we may never have seen before. Our life will never be the same! Wonder and change in every moment, in every day...

Timeless Treasures

Merely because change happens we are always surrounded by a whole other world undiscovered until we happen upon it! Like hidden treasures waiting to be discovered. How can we keep our mind fresh and the minds of our children awakened to the wonders that endlessly abound? Here some examples:

 

A fun way to explore the magic of change is to go on a treasure finding. You can create clues as to what to look for, i.e., “green and curvy like a snake, you’ll find it in a tree and on the ground” or “moving, traveling faster, then slower, gurgling and bubbling on the way to something much bigger...” Look for it, if you think you found it then look closer through the lens of a camera and capture that moment of discovery with the click of your camera!

 

A fun way to explore the magic of change is to go on a treasure finding. You can create clues as to what to look for, i.e., “green and curvy like a snake, you’ll find it in a tree and on the ground” or “moving, traveling faster, then slower, gurgling and bubbling on the way to something much bigger...” Look for it, if you think you found it then look closer through the lens of a camera and capture that moment of discovery with the click of your camera!

 

Mindful walking practice, we call "Ginko Walking." Notice as you stand that your actions come from messages from your mind, your thoughts direct you to stand (Step 2) Then walk in silence. Focus on the breath and then just observe change around you, inside you. You might observe your environment focusing on one sense at a time, “what do you smell?” or “What do you see changing?” or you might just observe what attracts your attention. “Is it changing? Are you changing?”

B. SEE VIDEO - the beginning sequence to Spike Jones' film Adaptation:

C. Life as Laboratory

Think of something you do everyday. Go and do it today with the mindful awareness that you aren’t the same, the action is not exactly the same, and all the things it involves are in perpetual change. If this is challenging, try centering before you begin. Please share experiences.

Remember I invite you to share anything you wish about your experiences on the forum or via email.

For any questions please send an email to belen.kohler@universalmandala.org