Welcome Change

In Buddhism there is this idea that everything changes; nothing is permanent. For most of us, this isn’t something we embrace. If anything, we are reluctant to change. It can throw us off balance—rattle the cage we have built for ourselves. Change can require us to stand for or against something that is being shifted.

As a young girl I embraced change. I wanted something different than what my parents chose—wanted to run from where I was, looking for the next adventure. When I stopped running I found what I thought was steadiness in a job and a relationship. Until the day came that would alter my understanding of impermanence forever… in one year I had a near death experience, a wonderful friend died, and what I thought was my forever love ended. Then I understood the teachings. This idea of control is just that—an idea. We will all get old, fall sick and die. Change is inevitable and begins from the moment we are born.

According to the teachings of the Buddha, life is comparable to a river. It gives the appearance of one continuous flow, when in reality it is not. It is a joining together of one moment to another, just as our cells in our body die and create new ones: constant change. Our physical and mental states also fluctuate; change is a continuous movement. Impermanence and change are thus the undeniable truths of our existence.

The practice of yoga teaches us that every time we step on the mat is a new moment. I invite you to welcome change, let go of the idea of control, and embrace each new moment before you with an open heart.

  • Taylor Marques

    Recently, I am so happy that I have continuously embraced change and every new moment with an open heart. Laughing Buddha has let me reopen and express parts of myself that I haven’t in years. I thank every teacher there for that. I completely agree that change is the undeniable truth to our existence Dusty. So let’s continue to allow and accept change with open arms.

    Warmly,
    Taylor Marques

  • Laughing Buddha

    Well said Taylor. ❤

  • Carolyn Stone

    The older I get the more I am reminded that change is inevitable. As someone who likes to have control, I need those constant reminders to just let go. I am extremely grateful for everyone at Laughing Buddha who helps me laugh, love, and let that shit go. Much love to y’all!

    • Laughing Buddha

      Yes, we can all remember to ‘let that shit go’

  • Francoise von Trapp

    This is so true. And by understanding that moments are connected to moments, we can impact our lives immeasurably by making mindful choices!

    • Laughing Buddha

      Thank you Francoise, mindful living is the key.

  • Olivia Richards

    Great post!
    I’ve noticed that there is a direct relationship between people’s ability to embrace change and their overall happiness. I think one of the main reasons for so much unhappiness in people in the US and other developed countries, is that we have the illusion that we can control everything and can prevent things from changing. The happiest people I’ve met are usually the ones in developing countries who have endured much hardship and understand that they cannot control the things around them.
    I myself had to go through much trauma and change before I opened myself up to the ultimate freedom of realizing that the only thing I could control was my reaction to things, and that the only prison I could ever really be in was the one created in my mind.
    Love you all! xo

    • Laughing Buddha

      Olivia well said. 💕

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