Choice, Change, and Opportunity (from Indigo Sun Magazine)
Many people today are anxious, unhappy, and angry. They are looking for reassuring news, for something to restore happiness to their lives. Current events have driven many to despair and with the foreboding notice that, “it will get worse before it gets better,” the level of fear, suffering, and dissatisfaction is higher than ever.
Men and women are being forced to reexamine their own existence, to question the origins of their happiness, and to change the direction of their lives. An examination that, perhaps, we would never have attempted if we had not been forced into it. And what we have found is shocking. We have discovered that the old tools we’ve used for so long ‘to get by’ just aren’t working anymore. Looking outside ourselves won’t fill the voids we are finding within.
But we cannot live and thrive this way. What we all crave is hope, a little relief from the bleakness of the news. We want to be nurtured; we want tools and ideas to make it better; we want wisdom we can count on; and we want warmth and water in an increasingly cold, dry world.
So we must take back control of our lives. We must become empowered and make our choices with a calm and willing mind as we recognize and accept appropriate opportunities. Be assured that if we choose wisely, we will all be able to fearlessly face the future. And although some may think it isn’t possible, “happiness is all around us if we could just perceive and believe.”
But it’s not only about choice and change, our future prosperity and peace of mind depends on preparation and opportunity. It’s about having the courage to transform our destinies, and to discover the inner meaning and practice of the most essential truths of all: life, love, and happiness.
Whether you believe that the world is ending or a new day is upon us, now is the time to ReBecome. It’s not our nature to be afraid or unkind and so we must look to the future and to the good. And when it comes to us this time, we all must recognize and appreciate it.
ReBecoming is both a personal process and also a worldwide process of change that offers us the opportunity to: Re-aim our intentions, Re-energize our minds, Rebuild our bodies, Relinquish our unskillful choices, and Recognize and Redefine our happiness.
But this is, in truth, all dependent upon our desires and beliefs. If you desire to change, but don’t believe you can, you’ll have no success. Or, if you believe you can change, but have no desire to do so, then again you’ll have no success.
So as we enter into the future one moment at a time, the courage to transcend negativity, anger, greed, and fear must be strong, and we need the steady and determined will to apply loving-kindness and compassion both towards ourselves and toward others. We can create happier relationships–now–including the one with ourselves. Plus we can regain financial stability, reclaim our vitaltiy and well-being, and be in harmony with the natural world. We can change our lives, not just let life change us.
The question for all of us is, “Can we alter our destiny–and can we do it in time?” My answer is a resounding “Yes!”