Creative adaptation to a constantly changing world

Bathing in nature changes us too, in water, in mountains or in forests

It’s just the way it is

 

Life is constantly changing. Have you noticed? 

You continuously change, and the world around you changes with you. 

The question is, who changes first? Is it the egg or the chicken? 

The answer to that is quite obvious, human beings don’t like change. Change happens anyway. It’s just the way it is. It’s always been that way, only in the past few decades, with rapid technological developments, global warming, and strange viruses floating around, change is more rapid and disruptive than ever. 

You constantly change too

 

If you think about it from a philosophical standpoint, you constantly change physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually every second. Yes, you change on all those levels constantly. As Heraclitus pointed out many years ago: “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river, and he’s not the same man.” 

True, your body is seeking homeostasis all the time, so it seeks not to change or to keep a status quo, but that’s impossible since our environment changes with us and we with it. So, in short, everything changes.

Everything is evolving constantly


Everything includes us. Thich Nhat Hanh said it beautifully: “This is because that is. This is not because that is not. This ceases to be because that ceases to be.”

This basically implies:

Take a deep breath, listen within, listen without, decide who you are with what is, and see what changes. That’s the beginning of creativity. “In the action of no-action (Wu-Wei), a cardinal aspect of the true creative process is set forth. In Wu-Wei, the mind is silenced, and the work is allowed to express itself.” – John Daido Loori, from The Zen of Creativity.

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4 Comments

  • Eviatar Nevo

    Thin is a beautiful assay. Note however that changing nature is changing the read-write genome of humans and all species. Nature evolved MANY mechanisms for changing: adaptive mutations that change us constantly; Symbiogenesis by adding bacterial and viral symbionts to our read-write genome the dynamic repository of all changes and regulators. 8% of our genome contains integrated viruses partly in all placentas of mammals. The gut genome includes millions of bacterial genes that affect us permanently, and nuch more. It established regulatory mechanisms that by far exceed our 21 000 genes coding for proteins. The jumping genes move within and between chromosomes,mutating genes and generating new adaptations and species. This complex machinery evolved in more than 4 billion years and built a stunning evolution.

    • Orit Nevo

      Thank you for this enlightening reply! So there are built-in mechanisms for change
      that can serve as support systems for the changes we want to make, that's awesome and highly encouraging!

  • Assad Ben David

    Thanks for all the insights and inspirations that are only the iceberg of the true mentor you are in the process of change adoption
    Love Assaf

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