Practicing Stillness in Times of Change

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Dear Kindred Spirits,

I’m sorry for the gap in blog posts. Are you wondering what planet the blog posts disappeared to? Pluto, the planet of change and transformation, gobbled them up. This planet brings chaos — a strange disorderly order — that shakes things up to see if we can dance the jitterbug on a moving floor.

Life threw three curve balls in May and it’s been a challenge juggling everything. My husband was diagnosed with a metabolic blood disorder several months ago and he collapsed in May. Thankfully, he is now on the road to recovery, and he is gradually regaining his energy and vitality.

At the same time, the owners of the house we are living in are pressuring us to move, so they can move back in. The timing is the worst with my husband’s health at risk. Can you imagine moving when your better half has an empty tank?

Also in May, I lost a dear aunt, my favorite aunt on my father’s side of the family, to terminal cancer. Three curve balls – death, illness, and a move – are aligning in an unusual pattern. I’ve consulted with the I Ching (Book of Changes) frequently to understand the inner workings of this time period. In the face of a move, the puzzling words appeared in the sweet Taoist book, Spirit Tokens of the Ling Qi Jing:

“If you move now, there will be cause for regret. Retreat and protect your purity…There is hidden potential here, capable of all things, but now is not the time to act; it is the time to withdraw, protecting and nurturing your vital energies… Wu Wei is appropriate now.”

Change often signifies movement, but to navigate change effectively, ironically stillness is advocated. Stillness is the anchor in a swiftly moving stream.

Here’s what Elizabeth Reninger, published poet and Buddhist, says in an article on the Taoist principle of Wu Wei:

“A better way to think of it, however, is as a paradoxical “Action of non-action.” Wu wei refers to the cultivation of a state of being in which our actions are quite effortlessly in alignment with the ebb and flow of the elemental cycles of the natural world. It is a kind of “going with the flow” that is characterized by great ease and awake-ness, in which – without even trying – we’re able to respond perfectly to whatever situations arise.”

I’ve been dog-tired lately in need of rest. My energy is gradually picking up and I hope to return to blogging on a regular basis soon. I’m going to start back slowly. My husband and I may have to move in a matter of weeks, which will put a wrench in my writing plans. If the posts are erratic from this point, bear with me, more blog posts will follow.

I miss stoking the creative fires, watching the writing embers glow, and sharing with you the adventures I encounter on the psychic path. I miss your wise comments and the circle of sharing.

I hope you’ll join in with me soon. Any comments on how to cultivate stillness in the midst of great change?

Michele Anderson

9 comments on “Practicing Stillness in Times of Change

  1. jm says:

    bring it back to the breath. take a yoga class, meditate, run. whatever works for you.
    we look forward to your posts…

  2. Hi jm,
    It’s great to see a comment from you! Thank you for the inspiration.
    All the best to you,

  3. Bernice says:

    The expression of your personal situation makes me see that we all have serious changes in the winds but the inspiration comes from the teacher in this case showing the ways to rise above it. Your attitude in the storm is inspiring… it seems that living in the moment is the only way to handle the stress without it costing money, time or more physical effort….

  4. Ruth says:

    Hi Michelle. Sorry to hear about your husband’s health difficulties and the sad loss of your Aunt. Have you looked at your birth chart lately? Sounds like you are having a lot of challenging transits at the moment.
    Personally, I find reiki and spiritual healing very effective in moments of crisis. Also, working with your guardian angels and the healing angels is helpful. Archangel Raphael for healing and Michael for strength, courage and protection. Good luck with your move and I hope your husband’s health improves. Sending you love and light,

  5. Hi Bernice,
    I appreciate your comment! Maintaining stillness when life is at a smooth pace is a challenge in itself. When life is especially chaotic, finding those moments of calm, insight, and revelation is life changing — a metamorphosis occurs.

  6. Hi Ruth,
    Thank you for the reminder to check the transits in my astrology chart! It’s funny how I’ll think of this often in retrospect and when I look at those transits, it all begins to make sense. I ask a whole team of angels for assistance during these times and I’m deeply thankful for their help and guidance. And they always show up to the occasion with creative solutions.

  7. Radha says:

    My dear Michele, let it come.. let it come… the changes, the challenges, the growth. Dont resist, not even a bit. I know you know that… I also know its hard. Yes, deep belly breathing, understanding the lessons as much as is possible now and smiling. Smile when you are alone and thank god – I’ve done it and somehow that extra energy just comes. Remember, ‘this too shall pass’- how can it not.
    Changes and challenges are happening at my end too .. I was feeling very alone,only this time I feel very free being alone as if the truth has finally been said. God is with you and so are we all,Michele…. take heart. Forget about the esoteric for a while and simply focus on the practical – later you will see how it all worked out just so. Do what has to be done. Love, Radha.

  8. Radha,
    Beautifully said… I really appreciate your message on belly breathing and smiling, and going with the flow.
    May you have joyful and warm hearted companionship.
    Blessings, Michele

  9. Vanessa says:

    Michelle, Just reading your 6/16/13 blog post in October. I, too, have lots of changes going on. My mom has cancer, staRTED round 2 of chemo, had serious side affects and the past week has wanted to quit. Thank god yesterday she was feeling better and was back to her old self. She is taking it a-day-at-a-time, so I am hoping she will continue to see this round thru… as she will be taking a drug to stop the cancer from growing. I too used to consult the I-Ching. Thanks for reminding me that it is still available. I love how it speaks to me. Gently and also, to the point.

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