Unexpected Evolution

Evolution doesn't happen when you want it to. Instead, it arrives unexpectedly, blindsiding you at the most challenging points in your life, or during halftime, when you're relaxed and life seems in perfect order, it creeps up from behind and whispers in your ear, "it's time."

Time to evolve. Time to drop what you know and reconsider everything. Time to grow. Time to become a wiser person than that of a few moments ago.

Don't look, but be ready. Don't cling when it arrives, but hop on and enjoy the ride. Learn from the new perspective. Embrace the moment of clarity. Swim in the stream of awareness. Capture and appreciate the opportunity to evolve.

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  1. Hi Raam
    Absolutely! Not all change is bad. I would rather have the a short time of discomfort during change than the horrible feeling of having stagnated for too long… I am evolving right now and it was well overdue and I am ready to face it head on 🙂

    • Hi Colleen,

      There is nothing quite like the feeling of having stagnated too long, but whenever that feeling arises I remind myself that I’m only extending the stagnation by dwelling on it! 🙂

  2. Raam I love this. I think it is so true. For me evolution definitely seems to occur when I am feeling most challenged. What’s nice about knowing that is that I can just let it happen rather than feel anxious trying to work out what is going on. Instead I know a lesson is unfolding and I’ve learnt that if there is ever a process I can trust in it’s evolution 🙂

    • Hi Caroline,

      When these thoughts of unexpected evolution came to me, I was myself surprised by a moment of evolution. My first reaction was to freeze up and be anxious that I would lose the valuable lessons that were coming to me, but that’s when I realized I needed to relax. I needed to accept them instead of resisting them or fearing they would be lost.

      If we’re anxious or stressed, we’ll miss the opportunity to evolve. But if we’re relaxed and alert, we’ll go with flow. 🙂

  3. Such a wise young man. This is something I’ve been trying to do for awhile. This economy has caused a “fear based” reaction to things and it weighs you down tremendously. I will certainly be working on your comment to “Capture and appreciate the opportunity to evolve”. This post is exactly what I needed to see with pure clarity! Love your writings.

    • Thank you, SooZeQue! I’m so happy this was what you needed to hear. 🙂

      Fear-based reactions definitely weigh us down and creates unnecessary stress, especially when we’re fearing things we shouldn’t be fearful of in the first place!

      Fear has its place and purpose, but I think we give it way more freedom and power than it deserves.

  4. Wow. I am speechless! Your words speak right to *me*…for this is exactly what I am in..thank you for a powerful affirmation..Instead of resisting, I embraced and now I am watching my world..my self.. dissolve/expand simultaneously. Awe-some!

    • I’m so happy you’re allowing yourself to dissolve and expand simultaneously, Joy! What an incredible feeling that must be.

      Embracing instead of resisting allows us to envelope all the potential that exists in the moment and channel it exactly where it needs to be. 🙂

  5. So true, so timely, so appropriate for one who has been recently blindsided by evolution. Keep up the insight and inspiration

  6. I wish I had read your wise words about five years ago when I was still kicking and screaming from unwanted change. Happily, I quit resisting and can say I’ve finally embraced evolution. Your thoughts are on the mark yet again. Thanks.

  7. Hey Raam…I totally get it. Those moments of evolution that blindside me. Changing everything. My entire life. One second, everything is all nice and normal…next moment, chaos and growth…sometimes with a little pain – but more often than not, a lot!! 🙂

    I can’t count how many 180˚’s I’e gone through, but looking back on all the changes in my life, I have no regrets.

    Hugs from your #1 Fan in Vancouver!!

    Patricia

    • That’s the beautiful thing about change: No matter how wild or crazy those changes may have been, the fact remains that they led us to where we are — and who we are — right now in this moment. 🙂

      Regretting the past is regretting the present.

  8. i smiled. “hop on and enjoy the ride.” and i do! and i am. but seeing you say it in print delights my soul. you are so cool. i have a friend who gets bored very easily . . . how on earth could anyone be bored!!! one of your statements above made me think of the old Taoist master who poured tea in the cup of the young monk. The monk had come to learn from the master, and when the master kept pouring until the cup overflowed. . . the young monk was upset. “It’s overflowing, it cannot hold anymore!” “And so is your mind, like the cup. No room to learn anything more.” I am paraphrasing of course, but it’s close. The point is the same. And you just said it again. see ya, oh young wise one!

    • Tammy, that is such a wonderful quote and one that forever lives on in my mind. 🙂

      I share your feelings about being bored: I cannot ever recall feeling “bored”. There is so much to see, to feel, to watch, and to understand. Even standing in one place for several hours, we will always have something new and interesting to do. Our mind alone is a whole universe in and of itself! The possibilities for exploration are endless.

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