Contemplations on change

Lately I've been thinking a lot about change, especially about how much my life has changed, how much I have changed since I began practicing yoga. I really like all the changes. I have noticed, though, that not everyone likes change, or so they think. I hear people say "I don't like change" or "Change is stressful" or "Why can't things just stay the way they are?". So I started thinking about change even more, and I realized that I never realized just how much change we adjust to in our lives, even on a daily basis. We adjust to changes at work, changes in the weather, change plans when we're traveling, and never bat an eye, just keep moving on. Think about the changes we've made in our lives because of computers! So, why does change get such a bad rap? Well, there are those Big Event changes, like divorce, or the death of a loved one, or loss of a job, and those are the changes most people would like to avoid. Unfortunately, we can't avoid life's changes, no matter how painful. One of the things that yoga teaches us is to notice what we are experiencing , and simply experience it. When we are doing our asanas, we observe how we are feeling in a pose; we change the position of our foot, or our hips, and notice how it changes the pose, changes the breath, changes how we feel. Change is all around us, and I think that our ability to happily integrate change into our lives is what keeps us youthful, open minded, and flexible. I think this quote by Gail Sheehy sums it up quite well. "If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow , we aren't really living." So, embrace change, but just remember to keep some stability in your life. As we learn in yoga, there must always be balance.