When life gets cray-cray, I do the most sane thing I know how to do: I dive into practice. That’s the only way I know to successfully negotiate life transition.
I’ve been doing a boatload of practice recently.
We’re living in some intense times. Everything is changing, drastically: systems, demographics, politics, worldviews, the environment. Oh, and there is the fact that we are all experiencing our own demise daily, inching, or sprinting toward death.
How do we negotiate these changes with grace? Barring that, how do we stay sane, grounded and calm while life flings unidentified objects in our general direction and expects us to deal with them?
The world is becoming more and more divided over our views of what is right and wrong. Families and friends might disagree on fundamental issues. We desperately need to learn to come to terms with our differences and communicate with each other if we are to negotiate life transition without alienating those we love and without precipitating the change we fear.
You can’t beat aggression with aggression.
If we engage in conflict and aggression, we perpetuate what we are fighting against. We have to live our life in accordance with the principles we espouse.
Someone sent me this quote from Rosie O’Donnell. I think there is some wisdom in it:
Just resume your life as much as possible. Restore yourself. Build on your securities. Take care of your family….. Dive into wellness and peace of mind.
Fodder will not help. It only agitates. These folks can tap, invade, deplete, distort, divert and syphon in ways you need not endure. If HRC could not win (knowing what she knows about this apparatus), you can not. You do not want to continue to be skinned alive amidst the nature of men in government.
Seems like there are a lot of free for alls going on in the world. You do not want to be folded into any of it.
When I don’t know what to do I wait until I do.
What I do in the meantime is sit my bum down on my cushion and meditate to gain access to clarity. From this place, if I’m lucky, some wisdom dawns. You can tell when wisdom dawns because the body will sing when you contemplate it, and the correct moves will appear.
Sometimes we don’t have the option to wait, because things are happening too fast. In this case all we can do is give our best shot and don’t look back. But it helps if we have developed a habit of acting out of kindness and integrity, and have learned how to wield our power without abuse.
Move forward, create possibilities.
No matter which side of the fence we find ourselves on, we are all being asked now to negotiate life transition in the largest sense. There is a new world order taking shape, and we must develop the tools to thrive in this new paradigm.
But let’s be clear: the tools to survive in this era are the same tools that are necessary in any phase of life. You know exactly what they are.
Tools to successfully negotiate life transition:
- Be kind, considerate and compassionate
- Develop a daily practice that allows you to access your inner wisdom.
- Show up in the world with wisdom and compassion and do your part to be an agent of change.
How will you show up for this crucial moment in time and help us all to negotiate life transition? Consider joining us for this retreat in the Canadian Rockies to refresh your outlook.