Sometimes, we sense the need for growth and change in our lives. We seek a rebirth, or a renewal. The start of a new year is often when we seek to alleviate the sense of feeling bored or complacent with situations that we find ourselves settled into.
“Acknowledging our feelings and then setting the intention to alter just one small thing in our life can give us a much more affirmative outlook.”
Sometimes we feel that things aren’t moving along fast enough for us and that the world is passing us by. It may be that time seems to stand still and that we are simply bystanders in our own lives. Other times it might appear that there is nothing new left for us to experience and that we are locked into a never-ending cycle of status quo. If we take the time to listen to these feelings we will notice that there is probably more going on beneath the surface, like our apprehension to venture out into the unknown. By taking a new look at how we live our lives, however, it will be easier to break through our sense of boredom and enter into a more positive state of being. When life seems monotonous, it is usually an indication that there is something we need to change. Boredom can easily lead us down the path to despondency. Acknowledging our feelings and then setting the intention to alter just one small thing in our life can give us a much more affirmative outlook. This act of change allows us to step outside of ourselves and discover new and exciting things that are often already present in our everyday lives. Simple things such as eating a healthier diet, taking a new class, or joining a club are all ways in which we can go beyond our comfort zone and explore the wonders that exist all around us.
Keep in mind that the moment we do something different from our usual routine, the more fresh energy, hope, and blessings we will manifest in our life. What this means is that we’ll no longer see things as being tedious but will instead realize the preciousness of everything. We need not to limit this rebirth opportunity to a calendar date. Each new day – each new moment – affords us the ability to stop and take a new step. Being able to integrate these subtle changes on a daily basis allows us to recognize the miracles that are our lives. Even though we may think of change as doing something life-altering or drastic, gentle transitions from our habitual ways of doing things and an appreciation of all that life offers us will truly bring about positive and lasting transformation.
“When we can appreciate the full beauty of each stage of the cycle of life, from bud to blossom to disintegration, we feel more at home with our own earthly process. We can be inspired not to hold back the fullness of what we have to offer, knowing that our time to give of ourselves in this way will come to pass.”
Each transformation we go through has its time of fulfillment and recession, as do all living things. Each rebirth in our lives begins deep within us without recognition. In the same manner, flowers and leaves both begin their lives as organisms so tiny we cannot see them with the naked eye. With time, they become visible, curled in upon themselves, colorful buds slowly softening and releasing. With the proper warmth and moisture, they unfold little by little, revealing with each degree of opening a new color, shape, or dimension. Sometimes buds open seemingly all at once, unfolding the full majesty of their potential, of what looks to the human eye like courage, openness, and generosity. As days go by, the bloom slowly moves through more stages, revealing still more colors, shapes, and dimensions of its essence. It falls apart, strewing its petals on the ground, or it wilts, or it closes back in on itself. When we can appreciate the full beauty of each stage of the cycle of life, from bud to blossom to disintegration, we feel more at home with our own earthly process. We can be inspired not to hold back the fullness of what we have to offer, knowing that our time to give of ourselves in this way will come to pass. At the same time, we can honor others, and the little processes that go on within the larger process of living our lives. Each stage we go through has its time of fulfillment and recession, as do all living things. Every moment of every stage has its own particular beauty, and we can appreciate that, even as most of us tend to love the spectacular moment of full blossoming most of all. When we feel the wisdom contained in the budding, blossoming, and dissolution of a simple flower, we begin to feel it everywhere, in each moment that comes and goes, in each sunrise and sunset, in every hello and goodbye, as the very essence of the pulsating ebb and flow of existence.
Wishing you new life in peace,
Reverend Rob is an ordained cross-denominational minister with a rich history in Roman Catholicism and Anglican Protestantism. With a Certificate in Theology, Bachelor of Arts in Ministry, and a Doctorate of Divinity, he is based in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. From there he serves New York’s tri-state area as well our Mid-Atlantic region, specializing in custom wedding ceremonies. His focus on the couple’s spirituality allows for personalizing each ceremony with either a religious or non-religious structure and crosses different denominations and faiths, which has increased his popularity and demand. As a published author of his book “Wandering Thoughts”, Reverend Rob continues to compose his reflections on life as he works on his second publication, and contributes to our monthly blog. His extensive volunteer work, commitment to his local prison ministry, and weekly prayer service with the elderly and marginalized, through his own Mission of Saint Francis, has established him as a respected member of his community.