Monthly Theme: Change

Go deeper into this month’s theme with reading, video and music

Diving Deeper

 

Reflect on CHANGE

  • How good was your family at changing their minds and admitting they were wrong? And
    how has that shaped you?
  •  What part of you no longer exists? How are you truly and radically different than your
    younger self?
  • Sure, “they” need to change. But how might your changing something about yourself
    enable that?
  • What changes have you not made because you don’t want to lose something that change
    will cause?

Quotes about CHANGE

  • “Let difficulty transform you. And it will. In my experience, we just need help learning
    how not to run away.” – Pema Chodron
  • “I believe in waking up in the middle of the night and packing our bags and leaving our
    worst selves for our better ones.” – Leslie Jamison
  • “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk
    it took to blossom.” – Anais Nin
  • “The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” – Carl
    Rogers

CHANGE Bookshelf

Movies about CHANGE

  • Spaceship Earth – On a radical experiment to prepare for future changes.
  • Sound of Metal – An incomparable story of navigating unwanted change
  • A Star Is Born – An elegy for the world of male dominion that’s on its way out.
  • Groundhog Day – A cult classic and grand metaphor about how we change

CHANGE in Online Essays. Podcasts, and Videos

CHANGE MUSIC

  • Watch or Listen to Change related tunes on Spotify
  • Watch or Listen to Change related tunes on YouTube

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SPIRITUAL CHALLENGE for NOV. 2022 – Make a Change

My spiritual challenge to you this month is to make a change in your life. Change is difficult for many people, not because change in itself is problematic, but because of the fear that change will make a difference we don’t want as well as a difference we appreciate. Many people experience anxiety around change because they are afraid they will lose something important due to the change. Because change is complex and difficult, dealing with change gets better with practice.

Make a change in your daily routine, your self-care, your spiritual practice, your waking and sleeping pattern. stop doing something you’ve wanted to quit but haven’t or begin a new endeavor you’ve been putting off. The change might be as simple as changing the route you take on your daily walk or putting that bonsai tree you’ve never been able to maintain in the compost bin. As you get ready to make the change, make a list of pros and cons framed as what you can gain by making this change and what you can lose. Does the fear of loss inhibit your efforts in trying to make a change, even though you may have a lot of positive things to gain? Does fear of losing something cause you to make a different change than you had originally planned? Is the change you made sticking, or would you rather go back to what you used to do? Not all changes need to be permanent. Sometimes we make changes to try things out or prototype a new routine or activity. Whatever your personal outcome, it’s all good. It’s all practice.

As always, I’d love to hear about your experiences with this challenge. Call or text me at 508-344-3668 or send me an email at revtony@pm.me.