Change is the only constant in life.
I find so much truth in this particular phrase, we go through life every single day with change, sometimes it’s unnoticeable because of how subtle it may be.
As we are taught to self-reflect or as Patanjali’s Eight Limbs of Yoga calls it – Swadhyaya under the Niyamas component, you may start noticing the changes we go through daily.
It may be easier to notice physical changes as they are often more obvious like when the sky turns dark as the day ends; or when someone changes their hairstyle. Changes that are not so easily noticed may be someone’s personality, habits or thoughts.
These past few weeks have also brought on many changes. I’ve changed my sleeping pattern which went haywire due to the whole circuit breaker; my stamina has (hopefully) changed and become much better than it was before but beyond that, I feel like my whole way of thinking has changed. I’ve become more accepting of things in general as well, so I’d like to believe that I’d be able to accept change with more grace now.
I’m now a lot more conscious with my thoughts, I try to stay in the present as much. Whenever I feel like I’m having too many thoughts at once, I steady my breath and shift my focus towards it. I try to not let my thoughts consume me as I often would in the past. I’ve also slowly been learning to worry less about how others perceive me as I used to let the opinion of others take up too much of my headspace and energy.
These may be little changes but I guess it starts somewhere. I’m aware that there are many more things I need to change to become a better version of myself, and a lot more self-study to do because there’ll always be something to improve on. With the guide of Yoga, Yamas and Niyamas, I’m hopeful that whatever changes life throws at us, we’d be ready to accept and handle them better.