This article made me think, I am grateful for that.I have read/heard about accepting and allowing the current situation as it is in Jon Kabat-Zin's mindfulness programs. However, there is a need to make changes and how do I balance it.
The last paragraph on change resonated with me.Reflections from others helped me refine my thoughts. I see several parts to it.
ONE: Have an open mind and embrace changes as they come. Be aware of my ego feeling threatened by it and raising the guard to deny/resist it.
TWO: Have a beginner's mindset to take next moment as it is without tainting it with my past biases and assumptions.
THREE: Be a witness to inner weather of emotions, feelings, and thoughts - detach from them, let them pass through my inner space of awareness rather being swept away by them or fighting with them.
FOUR: Proactively, look for opportunities to transform myself with new ideas and initiatives before the situation changes into an emergency or fire drill where I am working under duress/stress/worry/fear/anxiety. In this way, I am not reacting with my shadow/ego, I am rather transforming myself following through using my inner compass.
I try to stay in the moment and smile without holding on to a memory in the past or craving for something in the future. It is challenging to do, harder than I had thought initially. However, when it works, I can feel the stillness, even if momentarily.
When I am in that space and not in my thinking mind, I can relate to the idea of happiness, as explained in this article.
In the meantime, I remind myself to find reasons to smile no matter what the circumstance. It connects me to that tranquil peace and happiness and abundance from inside.
I can get so wrapped up in my pre-conceived notions and impressions from experience with a person. I forget we all are connected as part of one universal consciousness. Going out in nature naturally guides me to be in the moment, soaking in the ambiance around me. This reflection nudged me to be that way here, and now, in the middle of work and routine, I might have to go on.
A couple of other thoughts came up to me while thinking about it.
One, let the present moment be, as it is. Allow it, accept it without expectation of framing it to be something else from my past or future.
Two, this moment, right now, is new. It is fresh. See it with a beginner’s mindset to embrace possibilities it can bring. Let the magic unfold without judging it.
I learned about this from mindfulness related readings and teachings. I see synergies with those to be where I am.
Smiles and gratitude for this insightful reflection and reading,