Millions of people all over the world know the song “A Change Is Gonna Come” first recorded by Sam Cooke in 1963. This song speaks to so many things – among them the hope for freedom of a people “enslaved” for so very long, the inevitable change that occurs in daily life, the connection and bond between people that can help to create change, as well as the intentions that lead to change.
This is a deeply soulful song, and when breathed into quickly becomes alive and vibrant. By it’s very nature hopelessness, judgement and misunderstanding can be transformed into possibility, clarity and compassion within a few breath moments. This is what happened for me this past week when I found within me judgement and misunderstanding. These places within ourselves are particularly difficult to face, especially if we see ourselves as compassionate and aware most of the time. But trust me…they are there.
A few months ago now I had an experience within the contact improv and free movement dance community that made me avoid a certain person and make a number of judgements about him that it turns out were not accurate nor compassionate by any means. In the name of supposedly “protecting” myself an assumption was made. These assumptions were based on projection and not on the truth of this particular person. It was through another that I learned about some disabilities that could have kept this man from ever even trying to move and dance….but instead he was there and “dancing” seeking joy, pleasure, and freedom just as all of us on the floor that night.
In the moment that I learned the truth about this person compassion and understanding came flying in. In those breaths that held the clarity a deep change arrived within me. I, like anyone else does from time to time, fell into the error of making judgements based on assumptions. I was completely wrong about what I had judged. Within a few breath moments everything changed and compassion came roaring in.
Wake up call? By all means yes! Our mind may create stories that are based on ours or others opinions, past experiences, or judgements, but where is the real truth? The real truth lies in the moments of breath that it takes to be willing to open awareness , to suspend judgement, and to really listen and observe from a place of openness and expanded heart.
We all walk this life together even though we may seem to be separated by race, gender, religion, or nationality. Many changes are sweeping our world and our planet at this time. Shall we take the opportunity to suspend judgement and wait for the breath to inform us of the” change that is gonna come” within us. That is where it begins and ends…
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