25 November 2009

Change and transformation

We are living in a world in which things change fast. New technology, new cars, new clothes, new this and new that; the constant need to change is everywhere.

We, as human beings, are being forced to change. The global economy crisis that is affecting millions of people around the world has forced a change on many of us; perhaps one that we might not have chosen.

Money is not so free and easy as it once was. Consumerism is not as de rigueur as it has been in the previous decade: more people are recycling items of clothing; new cars are not top of the agenda; we are being forced to reassess some of our values and change them... Conscious evolution is happening. Patterns and ways of thinking are changing, and this has to be a good thing.

As a yoga teacher I have noticed that the number of people coming to yoga classes for the first time has hugely increased. Communities of likeminded people are springing up and conscious awareness is developing. As a result, energies are changing.

I have worked in the fitness industry for more than 22 years and can really see the shift that is taking place. The last decade has seen the birth of the iPod; people have stopped talking to each other and avoid eye contact; magazines - full of airbrushed people - have been telling us how we should look, what we should eat, what we should feel, what cosmetic procedures we should have to feel good about ourselves... In the words of Bob Dylan “Times they are a changing and we are part of that change”.

Change is not always easy, but small changes we make can go a long way.
Our own actions are one thing that we can change. Conscious awareness for others and for our own behaviour creates change. As Tolstoy said “ Man always thinks of changing the world but never of changing himself”.

Change starts from within!

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