The Power of Change

Christina Shu, Ministerial Intern

Greek philosopher Heraclitus wrote, “You cannot step in the same river twice.”

Heraclitus based his philosophy on change as the only constant; Buddhists would agree. Buddhists believe that suffering, or dukha, comes from our attachments and our inability to recognize the impermanence of all things, our environments, those around us, and ourselves.

Some changes are unstoppable, yet this does not stop us from trying to avoid change. Growing older is an inevitable fact of life, yet so much of our medical technology and beauty products are dedicated to “reversing the aging process.” Our communities and nation are constantly changing with new people, ideas, organizations—some alarming, and some for the good—yet we often find people longing for “the good old days.” How much of our time do we spend trying to prevent change?

Of course, change carries loss, grief, and mourning for what is past. There are times when we treasure stability and security. However, in order to learn, to heal, to grow as whole people, we must also accept change. Change brings about possibility, creative adaptation, and evolution.

Rather than avoiding change, let’s try to embrace it. What changes are occurring in your life? In your family’s life? In your world?

Everyone is invited this week to our first Soulful Sundown service, Wednesday Oct. 17, 7:00 PM in Ross Chapel. The theme is “Change.” We will use music, ritual, and reflection to explore the spiritual theme of change.

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