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Change can be an opportunity for growth and reinvention, but it requires courage and a willingness to take risks. It requires us to step out of our comfort zones and explore new possibilities. It requires us to let go of the past and embrace the present and the future.

To embrace change, we first acknowledge and accept that it is a part of our lives. We can’t control every aspect of our lives, but we can control how we respond to it. It is up to us to choose whether we see change as a challenge or an opportunity.

Change As An Opportunity

To embrace change and reinvent ourselves and our world, we must first acknowledge the messes we have created. We take responsibility for our actions and recognize the impact they have on ourselves, others, and the world around us. This can be a difficult process, but it is necessary for growth and reinvention.

Once we have acknowledged our mistakes, we must let go of our egoic perspective and embrace a path of love, empathy, and community. We thus seek to help others and work towards making the world a better place. This can be done in small ways, such as volunteering in our communities or showing kindness to those around us. It can also be done on a larger scale, such as advocating for social and environmental justice.

In a world that is often driven by greed and fear, it's essential to embrace a path of love, empathy, and caring and this requires letting go of serving our ego. Only then can we embrace a path centered on the well-being of all. When we seek to help others, rather than just fulfillign our egoistic "needs", we start contributing towards making the world a better place.

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The path of greed and fear is a complicated one, driven by the ego's desire to rise above others and put them down. This path leads to more messes and problems. The simpler path, on the other hand, is one where we seek to help and make things better. This path requires we live from the heart. We can seek to become bodhisattvas, beings who refuse their own nirvana or heaven to help others. 

The Power of Community

As we embrace change, we must also learn to work with others towards common goals and support each other along the way. When we recognize that we are all connected and that our actions have an impact on each other and the world around us, we discover opportunities in working with others to attain our common goals.

This path requires us to be mindful and aware of our thoughts and actions. As we practice living from the heart in the present moment, and not caught up in scenarios based on past hurts and angers, we start to appreciate the beauty of the world and the people that surround us. We can then cultivate a sense of gratitude and learn to be thankful for what we have, and for everything our natural world has to offer.

Letting Go of Attachments

To embrace this reinvented path, we must let go of our attachments by detaching from the things that do not serve us or the greater good, and focus instead on the things that do. This can be a difficult process, but it is necessary.

A friend and helper in this process is our inner self. As we learn to trust our intuition and follow our heart, we embark on a whole new and often amazing journey. We have the power to create our own reality by focusing on our thoughts, words, and actions. We are capable of achieving anything we set our minds to, as we reinvent ourselves as confident and open-hearted people living in community with the world around us.

We Can Do It!

In a world that is constantly changing, it is important to embrace this reality and make the most of it. Change can be scary, and it can be tempting to hold on to the familiar, but we must learn to let go and embrace the unknown. We must learn to see change as an opportunity rather than a threat.

However, it is important to remember that change takes time and effort. We must be patient with ourselves and others as we navigate this process. We must also be open to learning and growing from our experiences, even when they are difficult.

By doing so, we can all work towards creating a better world for ourselves and future generations. Let's reinvent ourselves and our world. Right here and right now. We can do it!

Recommended Book: Radical Regeneration

Radical Regeneration: Sacred Activism and the Renewal of the World
by Andrew Harvey and Carolyn Baker

book cover of Radical Regeneration: Sacred Activism and the Renewal of the World by Andrew Harvey and Carolyn BakerWhat is being made crystal clear is that humanity stands at a monumentally fragile threshold with two stark choices placed before it in a situation of complete uncertainty. Those choices are: 1) To continue to worship a vision of power, totally distanced from sacred reality 2) Or to choose the path of submitting bravely to the alchemy of being transfigured by a global dark night event that shatters all illusions but reveals the greatest imaginable possibility being born out of the greatest imaginable disaster.

If humanity chooses the second path, which is what is being celebrated in this book, then it will have trained itself in the new radical unity necessary to weather even worse crises.

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About The Author

Marie T. Russell is the founder of InnerSelf Magazine (founded 1985). She also produced and hosted a weekly South Florida radio broadcast, Inner Power, from 1992-1995 which focused on themes such as self-esteem, personal growth, and well-being. Her articles focus on transformation and reconnecting with our own inner source of joy and creativity.

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