Most of the stress and pain that we feel when unexpected changes come in our lives is from wishing that things should to be different than they are. When we can accept life as it comes to us, a great deal of the anxiety disappears. One of the worst traps is to let change throw you into a mood of despair and hopelessness.
Moods weaken your ability to win the battle. It’s important to find ways to keep your mind positive and free of negativity. Dump your negative mood as soon as you’re aware of it, before it can grow too big to handle. Paramhansa Yogananda gave us a powerful prescription for moving quickly through life’s trials. He suggested that we always be “even-minded and cheerful.”
How can you achieve this mental state? First commit yourself to being happy in every circumstance. As soon as you catch your feelings being pulled down, strongly affirm your decision to be happy. You may not be able to change your circumstances, but you can control how you react to them. This simple ability will change your life. Positive reactions bring positive results!
For real power, go one step further – learn to be grateful for your challenges. Gratitude to God for whatever He gives you will give you an inner strength and faith that drives away fear. Learn to think less of yourself, and more of others and their needs. And don’t dwell on past events or future plans. If you can stay in the here and now, expanding your heart to all, you will realise that you can be happy wherever you go.
Prayer is a powerful help for dealing with change. Deepening devotion to God is the most important thing you can do to prepare for change. When your mind is still, you will find the joy and peace that are deep within you, and you will gain a new perspective on life. Especially important is the practice of meditating every morning and evening. In the morning, meditation prepares you to face the day with inner calmness and joy. At night, it helps you to release your life back into the divine light.
Visualise yourself floating in a beautiful blue sea near the shore.
The sea is calm, the sun is shining, and the wind is blowing gently over the water. Gradually, the waves begin to grow stronger. Now, they are tossing you about. At first, you find this annoying and wish they would stop. But now you realise that you can’t control the waves. As you relax, you begin to accept the waves and enjoy the ride. You see that they are playing with you. Remain in this state of enjoyment for a while.
Now feel that your vision is floating up above the sea and looking down on your little body. As you look down, you see that the waves aren’t big at all. From this perspective, the sea looks quite calm and filled with beautiful blues, greens, and little whitecaps. It is incredibly beautiful. You see that the ocean of life is your friend and supporter.
Now turn your gaze toward the far horizon. The line where the sea meets the sky never changes. Concentrate on this line and feel that, beneath the waves of events, you will never change. You are always peaceful, always calm, always joyful. Release all attachments, all desires, all regrets. Float in this vast ocean of contentment and bliss. When you are ready, let your mind come back to a point of concentration at the spiritual eye, between the eyebrows.