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I have lived through many changes, mostly imposed by others. The ones I've found most difficult have been those I've finally chosen to make for myself, for the good of my soul. Leaving unsatisfying, un-nurturing "friendhips" behind is an example. These changes hurt, though I feel they are necessary. This article has helped me deal with the process of letting go with more acceptace and peace. Thank you! Namaste.


Living in the moment, not getting "upset" about change but embrace it, two of the hardest things for me, this article made a lot of sense. Thanks!

Val Orringe

In summary then, “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”


Can't thank you enough. Dealing with infidelity after 20yrs of marriage and 2 little girls in the mix. Trying, clawing, digging my way up to the surface to even begin to assimilate this blow to our foundation and the possibility of an earth shattering change for our "family". This totally came to my inbox on the right day. Abundantly grateful.


Thanks for sharing that lovely poem by Rumi.

Veena Grover

We all experience pain & uncertainty of job,house etc.If we learn to live simple, save some money every month for rainy days & we can have some cushion.We feel empty, because everything related with money.We should find our inner peace,live in presence & accept the unknown.God has always better life planned for us, if we surrender to Him.Believe me, nothing is ever permanent only God.


"Instead of accepting change with grace, we dig in our heels and suffer through each day of things not being what we think they should be." This is such a thought provoking sentence. We've all done this, just stuck our feet in the mud, refusing to walk through an open or closed door. That feeling of staying in your comfort zone is so powerful, preventing us from truly opening our hearts and receiving all the blessings that are out there for us.

Through yoga and meditation, I too knew I needed to change. I moved to Costa Rica, a dream that carried me through all those years of working a job I was unsatisfied with. It was as if the universe flooded into my heart.

Thanks for the great article. Your words are uplifting to people who need to be uplifted.


I enjoyed reading your article.
Thought this was a perfect opportunity to share a poem by Rumi:


This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

-- J. Rumi



I usually appreciate the wisdom and advice in YJ articles. Like with all advice, some resonates and some does not; some feels immediately relevant while some takes a while to sink in. But I found this article scattered and sometimes a bit silly. I mean, I'm glad the Reverand was able to get some perspective on missing prime leaf peeping time. But more significantly, in the telling of "Anna's" story, where's the acknowledgment that the end of a long relationship will require a period of mourning? It's one thing to give advice on how to cope with change, but there's no reason to pretend that a higher level of yogic awareness could somehow cancel out grief. With all respect to Mr. Colin, I think YJ should be wary of freelancers bearing wisdom.

veronica (south america )

it was the perfect article .... i was just passing for a lot of changes in my live .. and it helpme soo much!! thanks guys!!

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