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Riding waves of change

Surfing Waves of Change in Sea of Infinite Possibilities

Change is a constant factor in our world but few know how to successfully circumnavigate unwanted events or issues that show up in life. During our four decades together, Dean Evenson and I have discovered some helpful tips on how to sail through changes of life’s inevitable ups and downs and move forward in a positive way. Today, we share some of those ideas with you.

Years ago, we were living in an old farmhouse in upstate New York with some fellow video artists. We had recently learned the concept of ‘go with the flow’ but hadn’t really had a chance to put this principle into action. Soon we got our opportunity. Our landlord decided to evict us – and we found ourselves facing a cold winter with no apparent place to go. We decided to apply our newly discovered principle and allow ourselves to ‘flow with the changes’.
 
Instead of complaining about our predicament, we said to ourselves ‘there must be something better coming along’ and we prepared to move forward. Our neighbors and friends were very surprised at our attitude and watched us as we approached a big transition in our living situation without knowing where it would take us. Fortunately, we ended up finding another country house near Woodstock, New York that was large enough for us and a few others. We packed up and moved our whole household there just in time to beat the winter snow. From then on, with every change that came our way, we kept a positive attitude and things always got better.

Years later, we heard Dr. Deepak Chopra explaining what he calls ‘the sea of infinite possibilities.’ We were very inspired by his approach to being open to and actually benefiting from change. He said that since we never know what’s in store for us and sometimes so-called ‘bad’ things happen, we often resist them and let our fears rule us. He suggested we imagine behind us a sea of infinite possibilities, ever undulating and evolving that is always ready to present us with favorable choices. He pointed out that fear, worry and getting upset cause these potentials to freeze up and block the flow the universe is able to provide for us.
 

Sometimes our life is out of our control, at least for the moment. Big social events and personal or family issues may sweep us into an unknown not-of-our choosing. Suffering happens. Old age, sickness and death are common forms of suffering first recognized by Buddha. As young Prince Siddhartha, he had never seen such things until one day he escaped the confines of the palace and came across those very conditions. He was horrified and commenced on a quest for understanding how to overcome suffering. In his process, he underwent many trials and tribulations before coming across meditation, the Middle Path and the peace of a quiet mind. The first step in the Eightfold Path he postulated is ‘Right Perception’.
 
When things happen that are not to our liking, often the only thing we have control over is our own perception of the situation and how we react to it. When we can embrace change and tap into the ever evolving sea of infinite possibilities, we open to the opportunity of transforming what we initially perceive as a negative, into something much more positive. By simply keeping an optimistic attitude, we find ourselves working with the universal flow instead of against it. This in not to suggest letting yourself be randomly blown by the wind. Instead, no matter that happens, it is important to stay focused on your principles, values and goals. They are your moral compass and the direction your path is heading, no matter a few swerves in the road. By having a clear sense of purpose, when challenges do arise that you don’t have immediate control over, you can take a deep breath, pick yourself up, face the direction of your dreams and move on.
                                                   
We would love to hear how you have learned to cope with change in your life. Let us know what tools you have used to keep going when unexpected or unwanted things happen in your life. Remember, when you comment here on our blog, we’ll send you a free mp3 track of our music as thank you.
 

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12 Steps Living Your Dreams

TWELVE STEPS TO LIVING YOUR DREAMS

Here are some simple ideas to help you live your dreams.

One – Identify your purpose and mission in life.
Why were you born?  What are your special gifts, passions and skills?  Meditate on it. Clear your mind and environment of clutter. Create clarity in your life and be open to understanding what you want to be and do in this life.

Two –  Only you can create your own reality.
Do your ‘own’ thing, not your parent’s idea of what that might be. Vision it, sing it, say it. Create an affirmation vision mantra.  Spend time in nature learning from natural systems.  Refresh yourself constantly.  Know what you want and go for your goals.

Three – Go with the Flow.  Don’t resist it.
Resist Not Evil. Tai Chi it. “The Great Way (The Tao) is not difficult for those who have no preferences…  If you wish to see the truth, then hold no opinions for or against anything.”

Four – Be open and accept all as support.
Discern but don’t judge.  The Universe is a sea of infinite possibilities. Accept guidance from the Universe.   You never know where help will come from.

Five – Do what you love to do.
Enjoy your life.  What makes you happy and feel good?  Take time to cultivate your daily life so it includes doing what harmonizes with your spirit.  Design your life so it works for you.

Six – What you focus on expands.
Focus on the positive, not the negative.  What you have, not what you lack.  What you desire, not your problems.  The Law of Attraction.  Power of Intention.  Turn off your television and pray!

Seven – Find a Partner or Partners.  Dream together.
Get support.  Find people who share your values, ideals, visions and dreams.  “Where two or more are gathered, there also shall I be.” (Jesus) Group action.  Hire a helper or helpers.

Eight – Map it.  Design it.  Plan it.
Draw it, sketch it, write about it, model it.  Research.  Who is out there doing something similar?  Make lists.  Write a business plan. Be always alert for new ideas and ways of manifesting.

Nine – Take action.  Do it!
Pick up the phone, write a letter.  Volunteer your services.  Teach or take a workshop.  Set up a business.  Let people know about your dream, vision or project.

Ten – Constantly re-evaluate and modify your dream.
Update, upgrade.  No dream ever stays the same.  OK to change, improve and rework it.  Learn from your mistakes. Your original dream may have been incomplete. Add to it, change it.

Eleven – Accept success!  Don’t hold back.
Feel that you deserve to be all you can be.  Go for it.  Share it.  Tithe a portion of your income.  Share your blessings and they will grow.  Enjoy the process.

Twelve – Honor and gratitude for all that is.
Praise and thanks for life and whatever it delivers. Appreciate even that which you feel you don’t want.  Learn from everything, even mistakes, tragedies and pain.  Be grateful and then move on.

What are your dreams? What is holding you back from living your dreams? When you comment here we will send you a free mp3 of our music in gratitude.
~ Many Blessings, Dudley Evenson

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