HOW DO YOU RIDE THE CHANGE?

How do you ride the change?
(Though you may yearn
to fight it, clear it. . .)

How do you nix
or take
the risk
while some straggling part of you
yet trembles and lags back
to fear it?

How can you catch the wave
to mount upon
the tide of change,
and steer it,
to take you where you want to go?

How grow you brave?

How do you plot and re-arrange
the heavy stones
so firmly planted in the status quo?

Well, first,
Breathe you down
and fathom deep,
straight to your feet,

and feel the movement
bid you touch the braver tones
in earth,
your blood, your flesh, your bones. . .

Assume a stance
where you don’t think or strain,
be you
in company,
+++++or solitary,
on untrod path
+++++or highway lane. . .

Release, leave back
old and new pain,
old and new loss,
or any plan to force,
appropriate, or grab
new gains. . .

Allow your life,
yourself,
your inborn worth
to take their natural
expected and surprising
turns,
+++++as does our earth
+++++and the world that it sustains
+++++each day,

Go on.
Allow
complete release,
and free all these,

till all of them
are of a piece,
and meld,
and realize,
surrender to,
their common destiny,

in which, together, they unfurl,
in peace and struggle,
noise and silence,
in grief, despair and fraught frustration,
celebration, satisfaction, mirth,

So, now,
with greater grace and ease,
you’ll breathe yet on,
+++++full wide and deep,
+++++still to your feet,
come dawn
++++++++++to wake
come dusk,
++++++++++to sleep,

and in between,
play, work and rest,
and, as necessary, eat,

and thus, as one apart,
and one together,

relax into
the as yet unseen ride,

no matter what
the sunny, fair,
or freezing wet and ripping
sort of weather,

no matter what befalls
or is or isn’t said or done–
which may tickle, soothe,
or jar or hurt. . .

And when you think you’ve found it all,
remember all the fun that comes
when you
once more pick up the ball
of your own joy. . .

And savor every little bit you can,
upon your next intrepid,
inner-outer-joined-together,
heart-mind-spirit,
wonder search.

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