Thoughts along the path . . .


Relaxation, Meditation, and Preparing for Change

The phrase “embrace change” has become a cliché these days. Indeed, our wild & woolly times seem to demand that we do so if we want to survive, emotionally as well as physically. Countless books and articles have been written about it, and countless people of every imaginable philosophical stance refer to it within sound bites. From Charles Darwin’s “It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change” to Denis Waitley’s “You must welcome change as the rule but not as your ruler” — we needn’t look far for advice.

The most obvious physical change right now is the weather, as we make our way toward winter. Yesterday I wore a light jacket as I raked leaves, and now this morning the ground is covered with snow. I love living in a region with distinctive seasons, but I also recognize that these changes affect my body and my mind.

What about you? How do you experience seasonal changes? How do you manage other changes? How can any of us welcome change in a creative, reflective way?

Angela Bryson (and her yoga studio Angel’s Landing) will share ideas and practices at the next Unity Café. Here are some of her words about what we will do “. . . breathing techniques for relaxation and a guided meditation on welcoming change. As the year is coming to an end, releasing all that is heavy and creating more openness within . . .Embracing vulnerability and trust.”

Angela offered a similar event at a Unity Café last year, and I am delighted she has agreed to return. So please consider joining us Friday 29 November at 7 pm at the North Dumfries Community Complex. The theme “Connecting through Yoga & Meditation” will be explored through personal engagement in breathing and other seated exercises. Following the program, we will have plenty of time for socializing and enjoying refreshments.

You are invited, and we would love to see you there. For more information for this event hosted by the Baha’is of North Dumfries: .



Submitted to Ayr News by Jaellayna Palmer, November 2019

© Jaellayna Palmer 2019