Well. Spring is all around us and it's often at this time that we think about making changes in our life. Diets, additional exercise, reorganising our homes: change can bring up interesting thoughts and emotions.
Change is an interesting concept and a great example of the experience of life being a product of our interpretation. For example some people experience changing where they live as an exciting new beginning whilst others (in the same family even) experience the same change as very unpleasant.
So the experience of moving house isn't inherently positive or negative, enjoyable or onerous (it can't be if two people can see it so differently). Events and changes in circumstance only take on positive or negative associations when we apply our judgements, preconceptions or beliefs. This would seem to be a key to understanding how to better cope with change. Once we realise that a large proportion (or all?) of how we experience change is a product of how we subjectively see the world - not some objective state we have an opportunity to change our experience.
How might this be practically applied? One technique is to practice "seeing" with less labelling words. Often when we think of a situation we immediately apply labelling words. We might say "Oh, I don't like moving house, it's hard". Through seeing with less labelling words we might ask ourselves "What is moving really?" Putting possessions in boxes, letting go of possessions you no longer need, taking stock of your possessions? From these perspectives moving could really be more fun that the word "hard" originally made it sound.
Food for thought? In Traditional Chinese Medicine change is the realm of the Liver energy - most active in the season of Spring. Health Liver energy helps us to embrace change. Problems with Liver energy effect our ability to change and be flexible.
Why is the ability to change important? Why would you need to be flexible? Great questions. The world is full of change and it is a natural phenomena that we can't avoid. Resisting change and being in-flexible require a significant amount of energy. Adjusting to change and being flexible are great skills in experiencing the world the way we want to...