Learning to creatively use and respond to change is really about learning to dance with life. When one can truly recognize that change is the nature of creation, they can see that every possible crisis leads to a possible opportunity. This shift in perspective can lead us to really embrace and love change and see everything that comes our way as the invitation to engage life in this magical dance of creation!
Creatively Use and Respond to Change
Change can be exciting, change can bring us new energy, change can be our friend. Responding to changing stimuli with curiosity and excitement can have powerful positive effects on the human brain. Being in a stagnant environment where not much changes can lead to loss of cognitive function, depression, anxiety and even dementia. It is through responding to new and changing stimuli that the brain lights up, makes new connections and becomes more cohesive and awake. Your brain is the instrument through which you view the world. Build a brain that loves change and you will learn to be a powerful agent of change in your world!
The Chinese character for “emergency” is a combination of two other characters: crisis and opportunity. This can remind us that we are at choice. When we come upon the moments in our lives where what we have known falls away or breaks or falls apart, we can find ourselves in what feels like a crisis. We can then remember to look through the eyes of possibility, we can see that even the biggest emergencies also present us with opportunity. Think of a crisis as a question and the opportunities they bring us as the possible answers. Suddenly, anything that comes our way can provoke a sense of curiosity and possibility.
The nature of the universe is to evolve. And what is evolution, but continuous adaptation and change. Evolutionary biologists no longer believe that evolution is about “survival of the fittest,” but that evolution favors the survival of the most adaptable to change. As we move through the rapidly shifting climate of our planet and also of our society, those who cultivate the ability to adapt and change easily will be the ones who will learn to thrive in the midst of turbulence, and remain at peace in the middle of the storm.
The Science of Mind catchphrase “change your thinking, change your life,” has been the sum of our teaching for many years. Let us take this statement and magnify it; change your own life, and you can change the world. Let us remember that every change we make can have a big ripple outward. We can live by example, and as we make changes in ourselves we can be the ones who call those around us to step into their greater truth as well.