So, are you the master of yourself or the slave? Are you the type of person who will always say it is not the right time to change? To develop? To take on new skills? To learn new ways of doing things?
Does change frighten you? Are you comfortable as you are today? Do you think that we do not change? That everything stay the same?
That what you are now, is what you will be in 5 days, 5 weeks, 5 months, or 5 years time. By the way, I chose the number 5 at complete random. The principle works across all expectations.
If you are worried about change, do you know that your body changes? Every day, every moment of you living life. Asleep or awake. It changes. You can not stop it. You can impact it - support it, hinder it, but it will change.
So, if you accept that your body changes, what changes in the body and how often? Let us list the changes. Your:
# Intestines - every 2 to 3 days
# Taste buds - every 10 days
# Lungs - every 2 to 3 weeks
# Skin - every 2 to 4 weeks
# Red blood cells - every 4 months
# Nails - every 6 to 10 months
# Liver - every 5 months
# Hair - every 3 to 6 years
# Bones - every 10 years
# Heart - every 20 years
So if I am in my 40’s, than I am in no way the same person that was either born; grew up; was a teenager; a 20’s go-getter; a 30’s relationship developer; or a 40’s family person.
What stays the same? Your eyes are one of the few organs in the body that stay the same throughout your whole life. The other one is the structure of the brain, though none of the connections, chemicals & synaptic memories are ever going to be the same. Come on, with when we have between 50,000-70,000 thoughts per day, this means between 35 and 48 thoughts per minute per person. Your mind, changes constantly. It is never going to be the same from moment to moment, let alone day-2-day; week-2-week or month-2-month. THis is where you need to consider Mindfulness as one of the aids to help manage living life moment-to-moment.
What stops you from consciously wanting to change something in your life is your own feelings, your emotions, your reactions to circumstances around you. Even if you don’t change, your body will change.
As I have written before, we are suffering from a written memory issue in today’s society. We do not record our memories and associated feelings. In the past, people would write diaries, letters to other people and personal notes. People could then take these out, weeks, months and years later and reflect on the emotions and feelings within the words and realise things had changed. We do not do this anymore [some people do, but this is in the minority]. We rely on the moment-2-moment recollections on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or whatever social media platform you want to share your life with.
This is helping to create a “perceived issue of reality that is always the same” issue as few people look back on days, weeks, months or even years of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or whatever social media platform entries you have done.
We all need time to pause. To reflect. To recollect and based on what has happened before, act in a different manner.
Whether you use Mindfulness, prayer, exercise, a blog post, an online diary or online podcast series, or even a more traditional approach of using a paper-based solution, please take time time to reflect on the changes in your life and the journey you are on.
“Everything you'll ever need to know is within you; the secrets of the universe are imprinted on the cells of your body.” ― Dan Millman, Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives