One of the eerie things about hiking through the burn area is the dead silence. No rustling in the bushes, because there are no bushes, nor any animals. No wind in the trees, because the trees are mostly gone. But the other night I heard crickets! They’re making a comeback. I was so excited I almost cried.
There are some tentative signs of new growth in the hills. It’s not much yet, but it’s a start. Some gentle rain would help — i.e. not torrents of rain!
While hiking, I was talking to a friend, and we were discussing the weird weather we’ve been having this winter. The ongoing drought and global climate change give me feelings of anxiety, but she was saying that she really likes change — any and all change.
She feels that change keeps her mentally sharp, and makes her more flexible and resilient. She embraces and thrives on change.
I thought this was an interesting point of view, and I had never heard it expressed quite that way before. Many people (myself included) are afraid of change and resist it. But what if we adopt an attitude of curiosity? What if we were to say — how interesting, I wonder what this change will bring?
It’s the Buddhist concept of detachment — taking a step back and being an observer without being emotionally involved. Just observing without judgment.
Possibly easier said than done, but talking to my friend made me realize that there’s a different way to view change that doesn’t involve fear or dread. And since we’re in a time of great change, it might serve us well to find ways to adapt and maybe avoid some of the mental turmoil.
Personally I could use a little stability, but that doesn’t seem to be in the cards right now. So let’s find ways to embrace change, dear friends!
How do you feel about change, and how do you deal with it? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.
With love and appreciation,
Painting at top: “Rooted,” 18″ x 18″, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas