"Winds of Change"
The human experience is cyclical. We are endlessly reminded that all things are in a state of flux and that nothing is permanent. As autumn comes, eventually so too will the coldness of winter. During the cold, dark nights of winter, we dream of the warm, sunny days ahead. We are in a continuous loop of what is known in Hindu as Samsara, a cycle of worldly existence.
Wherever or however you find yourself at any given moment is only a temporary state of existence, a resting point until you move to the forthcoming experience. When you feel stuck in a rut, it is your inner awareness that growth or movement should be occurring. Change is constant in Samsara, the circle of life. It is the vehicle that propels this cycle.
Pain and suffering are created by holding onto things that must be let go. We create pain by trying to hold onto form, by trying to hold onto things which we have outgrown. If we cling to fleeting conditions which gave us joy, nourishment, and fulfillment yesterday, fooling ourselves into believing that they will provide us the same benefit tomorrow, then in the present we may experience pain. As a result, we give up our peace. The future is created as a result of what is happening now.
The start of a new year is a universal change collectively experienced. The winds of change propel us forward. As we continue this cycle, let us be mindful of what we carry with us into the new year. As a butterfly emerging from its cocoon, let us shed our previous selves and embrace a new destiny; a destiny that has yet to be determined.