“Even the prettiest flower will wilt one day. It’s nature’s way of teaching us that nothing lasts forever.” – Unknown.
I’m currently experiencing the first hit of my Pluto square and it’s making me reflect even more than normal. This is one of the major ‘mid-life crisis’ aspects in astrology (that sentence makes me feel quite old!). The Pluto square can be a point in our life where we become very aware of our own mortality. I was struck by this today when I was admiring the Amaryllis I’ve been growing, which has finally flowered. My plan was to have them flowering for Christmas, but obviously they had other ideas.
I’m really enjoying the flowers now they’re here. They’re so majestic and the colour is beautifully vivid. However whilst watering them today I felt quite sad that they won’t last in their current state for very long. The Hyacinths I grew over Christmas are already fading, although their perfume is still lovely.
This made me think about the Buddhist teachings on impermanence. This tells us that no matter how substantial something may seem, everything changes and nothing lasts forever. I find this teaching very comforting. Of course it means the flowers will eventually wilt and die, but it also means that in our darkest hour when things seem overwhelmingly awful, it’s ok because that won’t last either. Everything changes eventually and none of us will be around forever. That’s why every moment is precious, to be appreciated and experienced to the full. So, I’ll enjoy the flowers while they last and appreciate every moment they are here for the pleasure they bring.
And that goes for all the other good things in my life too. It’s almost too easy to focus on the negatives, so it’s time to take a moment, say a quiet thank you and appreciate all the good things I have.
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
― Mary Oliver, New and Selected Poems
I love this quote. It’s inspiring, but also slightly confronting. How many of us can answer this question in a way that demonstrates how much we appreciate our wild and precious life? It’s so easy to get caught up in the stresses of every day life and lose sight of the big picture!
One of our resolutions for 2014 is to write a new website presenting all that we do in a way to help you with whatever may be happening in your life. Previously our website concentrated on the astrology work we do, but over time we’ve added other techniques and want to be able to let everyone know about those. Over the last few weeks Matthew and I have been working on our new website entitled www.everythingchanges.co.uk. It’s still a work in progress, but it will include information on not just astrology but also essence healing, reiki, feng shui, and coaching.
For us the title Everything Changes is important. It is fair to say that most people struggle with change, at least at some point in their lives. We can even find the change that we choose a struggle sometimes. Think about moving house or getting married – right up there on the lists of most stressful events, yet these are things we have chosen to do. These are large events, but change is happening constantly. I will not be the same when I finish writing this blog post as I was when I began. Small physical changes will have taken place meaning that I am no longer who I was even a minute ago. Everything changes, all the time. Accepting change is one of the biggest challenges any of us will face, whatever form this change may take.
“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”
― Lao Tzu
So that’s one of the reasons why we decided on the title Everything Changes. We’ll still use Ho’oponopono because the aim of ‘making what is right more right’ is also important to us.
I hope you like the changes and enjoy the direction we are moving in. 2014 looks set to be an exciting year and we wish you all the best in whatever it brings to you.