“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”, says the renowned Chinese Philosopher, Lao Tzu.
Change is hard and most of us resist any change. Even though change may be beneficial, many of us struggle to change - to change careers, cities, old and unhealthy habits, to leave a bad relationship, to go back to school. Feeling anxious and stressed during the time of change is very common.
Ironically, it is only through changing ourselves that we can remain grounded through life’s transitions.
Autumn is the season of transitioning and change
If we observe and spend time with nature during this beautiful season, it can teach us life-transforming lessons of acceptance, balance, letting go and surrender, that we can adopt in difficult times of change.
Yoga is the journey of the self. If we connect our heart and soul to our practice, it can help us to learn these life lessons and to embrace changes in the workplace or elsewhere with a lot more ease.
Accept change and know its impermance
Every autumn we revel in the beauty of the fall colors. The changing fall foliage leaves us wonderstruck, reminding us that change is the nature of life and change is beautiful. Admiring the changing leaves helps us be open to the surprises of nature and and the inevitable twists and turns in our life. It also means having faith that some supreme power always protects us in all the transitions of life.
Autumn, with its falling leaves and bare branches, remind us of the fleeting nature of all things. When we contemplate fall's changes, we grow more appreciative of the beauty that surround us. How gracefully the trees accept the changes that they undergo in the natural cycle of life... “When you can appreciate beauty in every inch of the creation, that is yoga.”– quotes Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, leading contemporary spiritual master.
The good news is that embracing change is not a difficult skill to learn. And once you start looking at change as a good thing, you’ll be amazed at some of the benefits that can follow. Here are seven reasons why embracing change can be a very good habit to adopt.
1. Change helps you grow
Changes often force us to adapt in ways we’ve never experienced, which can be a major driver of personal (and even professional) growth and development.
2. Change teaches you to be flexible
Try to think of change as something that gets you out of your rut. By embracing change and meeting it head-on with excitement, you can learn not to be so set in your ways—which can help you maintain a more positive attitude.
3. Change can challenge your values and beliefs
Reacting to change often involves re-evaluating your belief system. That’s not a bad thing—if you’re devoutly religious, for example, you don’t need to turn your faith on its head.
But if you’re open to learning new ways of approaching problems, you may find you learn something. Alternately, change may simply reinforce your trust in the belief system you already have. Either way, you become stronger.
4. Change reveals your strengths
Without being forced to accept changes, you might never learn the true measure of your own strength—including your ability to adapt in new (and often interesting) ways.
5. Change makes you more compassionate
When you become “too comfortable” in your own situation, it can be much more difficult to understand what others might be going through. Change reminds you to be kind when you’re considering the choices other people may make.
6. Change breaks up routines
Some routines, like brushing and flossing your teeth, are good to maintain. (Ask the people around you!) But other routines can leave you in a rut—and possibly even contribute to depression and stress.
By breaking up your routine, change keeps your mind active, refocusing your thoughts so your mind stays active and doesn’t become fixated on negative thought patterns.
7. Change offers opportunities
By altering the way you live your life, even in a small way, change can present opportunities that can have a domino effect, providing you with more choices than you ever dreamed possible—so you can create a more fulfilling and authentic life.
Like any new habit, embracing change takes some practice. Keep this list handy, though—the next time you’re presented with a change that seems a little intimidating, you can refer to it. Use it to remind yourself of all the positive impacts that change could—not only on your own life, but on the lives of those around you as well.