Navigating Change Through 3 Yogic Perspectives

Know That Change is Inevitable 

In the Buddhist teachings impermanence, it is believed that change is inevitable, continuous, and unavoidable. Everything changes. Just realizing that fact can protect you from turning to that most disempowering of reactions to change: "Why me?" What the Buddhists call impermanence, is the ever-changing nature of Shakti—the intrinsic, dynamic power at the heart of life. Shakti is the cosmic, divine feminine energy that continually brings things into manifest being, keeps them going for a while, then dissolves them. It is a perpetually cyclical nature of creation, sustenance, and dissolution. This flow is happening on a macrocosmic level—as the flow of seasons, tides, and cultures—and on a microcosmic level, through the various shifts in your physical states, the ups and downs of your life, and the flow of thoughts and emotions in your mind. If you understand the divine nature of the process of change, it becomes easier to embrace it, or surrender to it, and/or even partner with it as you continue on your path.


View Change as an Initiation into your Journey

In traditional societies, every phase of life was regarded as an initiation into a new way of being and was marked with a ceremony that often asked the initiates to step into the unknown in some way. Nowadays, we don't always do a ceremony, but we still undergo initiations. Changing careers, moving, deciding to go back to school, marriage, having your first child, are all initiatory experiences, because they ask you to step outside your habits, test your skills, and, for a time, inhabit the unknown. More, each of these changes will subtly or even dramatically redefine you. You won't be quite the same person after you step out of the old situation and into the new. The change itself, if you go through it consciously, is the doorway into the next stage of growth—one that propels you into a deeper relationship with yourself.

Uncover Your Truest Desire & Connect with your Spirit Guides 

Self-inquiry is an imperative component in the yogic process for navigating change. It's a simple but effective process of asking yourself core questions such as, "What is my true desire in this situation?" or "What outcome would be the best for everyone?" As answers surface, begin to journal. Next, sit for a moment in meditation, following your breath, until you feel a sense of connection to Presence. Say to yourself, "May my deeper Self, the teacher inside me, tell me what is the right thing to do." Then ask yourself the self-inquiry questions again and write down whatever responses come up, even if some of them seem irrelevant. Now, look at what you've written and observe any common threads that should give you a sense of what your Spirit guides are illuminating for you. Getting in touch with your deepest, truest desire will help you organize the entire change process.