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  • Writer's pictureDayna Culwell

Change & Uncertainty are...certain

Here’s a thoughtful quote by Hazel Henderson: “If we can recognize that change and uncertainty are basic principles, we can greet the future and the transformation we are undergoing with the understanding that we do not know enough to be pessimistic”.

One of my dear friends and student worried about a possible need for surgery on her foot. She recognized that it could be a fairly intricate procedure. Every day she worried about whether to go through with it or not. Will she lose the ability to walk for a long time afterwards? But she’s already in daily pain, so what should she do? Does she have enough information to make the right decision. Once she started researching surgeons in the area and the pros and cons of doing the surgery or not, she felt more empowered. Avoiding social media for her answers led her to study more objective, science based information. Once she made the decision, she was able to let go. She would prepare as best she could and follow the PT as required. Her expectations were positive going in.

What does pessimism do? It uses our creative power destructively. Though we can’t control the future, there’s no sense in fueling what we don’t want. Don’t ignite with thought what you don’t want to happen. Instead, be clear about the essence of what you want. Always hope for the best. Have faith! The right outcome ultimately happens, but often in a different timing and order. The Yoga Sutras ask you to set an intention for your practice, on and off the mat. Once set, we do the work without demanding certain expectations. We simply breathe the intention in and let it out, over and over.

Do you have an upcoming need for surgery? Or maybe a difficult visit with a family member? Or, maybe a loved one is sick? There will always be uncertainty and change. How we approach the future will ultimately help or hurt our ability to handle the situation with grace.

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