Prepare and Adapt

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“I want to know
if you know
how to melt into that fierce heat of living
falling toward
the center of your longing.”  

David Whyte

 

 

If I had to think of two words that keep me grounded and moving freely in this ever-changing world, it would be “Prepare”  and “Adapt”

Each morning I prepare for a new day, by practising disciplines that I know keep me grounded and present.  Meditation and Yoga.

But life is ever-changing, and no matter how much I prepare, I have to be ready for change in any moment, and so I must learn to adapt.

I adapt freely only by living in the present.  If I worry what will happen next, I live in fear.  If I keep believing it will happen again, I am trapped in the past.  Living in the present is how I adapt easily.

 

Sometimes everything
has to be
inscribed across
the heavens

so you can find
the one line
already written
inside you.

David Whyte

26 thoughts on “Prepare and Adapt

  1. Your post title stopped me in my tracks, Karen. 🙂 At least a dozen years ago, those two words came to me in a meditation while I sat in a chair above our waterfall. They came in answer to a struggle I was having with the changes I was seeing in the world and not particularly liking. Afterward, when I got up and walked up the path, I looked down and there were two of the biggest maple leaves I’d ever seen, huge ones at least double normal size. I picked them up as representing those two words and later pressed them for drying. It all came flooding back when I saw your post. All things are interwined!

    1. Wow Eliza what a beautiful story! A beautiful message for you too and clearly one that keeps you grounded in life. I have read that Japanese Maple leaves are a symbol of determination, change and patience and Canadian Maple leaves are a symbol of wisdom, connection and unity. A lovely reminder in life 🍀🌿

  2. Years ago, I had huge challenges to adapt and found out, that I needed to learn to live in the present to give myself free of worrying and fear. Today I do my best to live in the present and it helps so much. Such a great post, Karen 🙂

    1. Yes, you certainly have had your fair share of adapting Helen! The preparations keep us balanced and feeling connected with everything and this gives us peace. Thank you for being here 🌈🙏🏻

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