Ch- ch- cha- change
People from different countries even different eras have all said, “something’s gotta change.”There are songs about it. Political chants idealizing it. Even commercials encouraging it. But what is change?
Certainly there is the dictionary definition, “to transform or convert; to make the form, nature, content, future course, etc., of (something) different from what it is or from what it would be if left alone.” This is a start. However, the real change that I believe people have chanted about is deeper…inside.
Personal growth or transformation is the real change. Its the real game of life. It is arguably the only worthwhile pursuit in life.
This inner change is not a mere mental or life hack to be more efficient or productive. Those tips, tricks, and strategies can delude us into thinking we are changing. But at our core, we are the same…just trying to do life better.
In my perspective, true change requires us to change at our core…something like overhauling the electrical wiring in your home from knob-n-tube to high tech conduit. When we upgrade ourselves, we change what drives us to think and act. And that changes the way people show up in our lives.
Gandhi outlined it best, “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him.”
The result could be an incredible transformation in ourselves, our families, communities, countries and the world. We’d be liberated from the prison of ourselves and truly experience life, liberty and happiness. It could be an instant, peaceful rEVOLution.
How do we accomplish this change?
First, we need to sit and reflect. Contemplating our difficulties reveals the many reasons why we have them. This will also reveal that these inner challenges get projected onto our external environment. As tough as it is to reconcile, we are part of the problem. We are not victims!
The process to change at our core is simple, but not easy. Try it out and see for yourself. Start by sitting alone, feel into your mind-body, deal with what arises, breathe and let the healing happen.
That’s it. (Though, it’ll likely be the most challenging task you’ll ever do.)
Bowie gave the instructions in his song. Long before him, Blaise Pascal addressed it by saying, “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” This sitting alone in quiet contemplation of the mind-body has incredible transformative power.
Here is the short version, again. Or, if you’d like a longer version, click here.
1. Sit alone in a room
2. Do nothing except feel
3. Let go
If we all committed to this mission and practiced it, the result would be a giant step forward. It’d change everything. We’d collectively break free from the trap of reactivity and reach our full potential.