How to Embrace Change – Start Creative Arts
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To every season, change. To every day, change. As the artist of your life, you have the freedom to choose how you respond and interact with change. An artist, you have creative power in every moment. Do you accept change? Do you fight change? Do you embrace change? Do you fear change?
Nature is one of my greatest spiritual teachers. Star-filled night skies remind me of the bigger picture of life, and I’m filled with freedom as I remember just how small I am (I’m a speck on the earth!). The endless waves of the ocean remind me of the part I play in our collective lives (you are a wave, too!). And, this very summer, just last week, the sunset became my spiritual teacher of change.
As I watched nature’s nightly sunset “art exhibition” by the ocean, my jaw dropped. Within every single 24 hours, the sky’s colorful palette never looked so different. While our life-giving glowing orb disappeared behind the horizon, the earth before me was anew, unique, awe-inspiring. Like a painting, each night’s colors and textures were completely different from the night before and the night to follow. Every 24-hours, the artistic masterpiece called “earth” changed before my eyes.
Change is inevitable. As the artist of your life, the sun will always set. This week, find the true beauty in change. Explore the excitement and endless possibility in your life’s changes. See each change as the unique masterpiece it truly is, and be the artist that engages with change through curiosity, courage and creativity. You have the power to embrace and harness the creative power of change. Go forth!
THE GUEST HOUSE
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
— Jelaluddin Rumi,
translation by Coleman Barks