“The Only Way to Make Sense out of Change Is to Plunge Into It, Move With It, and Join the Dance” – Alan Watts

Written For and Published in The Seeds 4 Life.

Change, the only certainty in life; yet, we resist it. We fight so hard to keep things the same.  We argue with its reasoning and turn our backs to it. But no matter how hard we fight, it drags us – sometimes screaming and crying and sometimes with our teeth chattering in fear.

So I have wondered, what do we have to lose by admiring its waters and swimming with its current? Dancing with the trees as they sway in its winds? Inviting it in to illuminate the parts of us that need to grow?  What do we have to lose by plunging into it and moving with its rhythm? Our approach towards change can provide us with all of the difference in how we welcome the next season of our lives.

No matter our resistance or our fear, the leaves will fall in autumn and the flowers will bloom in spring. Change will come. Let’s go on this adventure with an open heart and an inquisitive soul.

“Muddy Water Is Best Cleared by Leaving It Alone” – Alan Watts

Written for and Published in The Seeds 4 Life

How many of us have found ourselves in the middle of life’s storms and were unsure of how to make it through? How many of us have stared into muddy rivers, looking to find our reflection, only to see a distorted version of ourselves? How many of us have allowed ourselves to be taken by a person’s inconsistency and lost our way in how we allow ourselves to be treated?

They say hindsight is 20/20, and many of us may realize the storms, the muddy waters, and that what we have allowed in our lives may be the product of our own reactions to the events or people in our lives.

Often times, life happens and the invitation may be that we just observe. Observe the storm and the power it holds. Observe the muddy river and the distorted reflection. Observe the inconsistency of others and the agony they create for themselves.

In observing, we allow life to work itself out and give it the opportunity to show us that it knows our heart. In observing, we do not react by impulse, but trust the process of life. The process in which we may appreciate the calm after the storm, our reflection in settled waters, and the people who treat us the way we would like to be treated.