As I sit by the lake and gaze at the beauty of the changing leaves, I feel sadly awakened. Change is a constant in life and yet I feel constant resistance. During those rare instances when I wholly accept change and move with the flow, I feel complete peace. This is a beautiful state and yet my mind repeatedly disturbs this peace through resistance.
The leaves don't resist. They don't whine, argue, beg or take anti-depressants. They simply are. They accept their changes with grace and dignity as part of the flow of life. I want to be like the leaves and feel sad that I so rarely am.
What measures can I take to become the leaves? Well, I can change. I can embrace the very essence of what I resist.
Rather than resist my grey hairs and wrinkles, I can accept and embrace all the changes that led to who I am at this moment. And realize that even at this moment, I am changing.
How do I reach acceptance? Through living in the moment. Through meditation. Through awareness. When I am aware of resistance, I can breathe deeply and let go. This helps me remember to just be.
Sadly, I cannot do this one time and it is done. I must constantly move with flow of changes in life. I do not get to pick and choose which changes are beautiful and happy or which changes are ugly and sad. I just have to be.
And at this moment...I am the leaves.