I have a few words of wisdom to share with you today from Krishnamurti, one of my favorite spiritual teachers. As if by divine intervention, his words popped into my mind yesterday during amoment of overwhelm related to juggling all of the tasks related to rebranding Stillpoint to LA. Wellness, including preparing for our grand opening, happening October 10th and 11th. (Please come help us celebrate!!!)
Like everybody else I know, I tend to spend much of my time operating within the known and familiar, and I often fear and resist the prospect of change. I think I operate this way because of an unconscious notion that the familiar is the safest and most comfortable place to be. However, an inexorable truth is that of the impermanence of all things. Everything changes. What starts out as comfortable becomes uncomfortable. What begins as desirable changes into undesirable. The expansion of my business toward the new L.A. Wellness vision is a big step for me out of my “comfort zone.”
In truth, to use the term “comfort” zone is inaccurate. What I’m really doing is stepping out of what has become my “discomfort” zone into an unknown zone…from the familiar to the unfamiliar. To venture into the unknown creates the potential for greater discomfort. In fact, based on my history, experiencing greater discomfort for some time upon initiating a change is more common than not. So, oftentimes we “rather bear those ills we have, than fly to others that we know not of.”
Here is what Krishnamurti had to say about change. While addressing a large crowd, he suddenly paused, leaned forward and said, “Do you want to know what my secret is?” The audience was shocked, as this was unlike him to speak in such informal terms. He had his audience on the edge of their seats. Then Krishnamurti, in a soft voice, said:
“You see, I don’t mind what happens.”
Embracing change is how we grow. That change may in some instances be thrust upon us, and we may consciously choose it at other times. In either case, the ability to experience “what happens” with neutrality and acceptance is the path to peace. In truth, if we don’t mind what happens, then we never experience problems, only situations.
I invite you to identify something in your life that was once comfortable that is now growing uncomfortable. It may be with your work, or with your daily routine or habits, your living space, or in your relationships. Then, tune in to your intuition and see what guidance is there for you. What is the truth of your heart? How can you consciously choose to boldly take a step to bring your situation into greater alignment with the truth of your heart? And how can you do it with neutrality? Without minding what happens?
It is a lot to expect of yourself to experience this level of acceptance in every area of your life, but even a little more neutrality and a little less minding what happens may result in a lot more peace and happiness.
Yours in wellness and not-minding-what-happens-ness :),