When we think of change, we usually picture difficult, life-altering moments. Naturally, we begin to associate change with fear and challenge. Change can be scary, but it doesn't have to be...
Lately I’ve been thinking about how even positive changes — the ones we’ve dreamed about, waited for, and worked for — can cause similar anxiety. Even when we know life is changing in a positive direction, the transition can still induce panic.
A little bit of anxiety is natural. But when the angst turns to fear or distress, that’s not healthy. That’s our body’s way of asking us to be mindful, and signaling for us to breath or hit our inner reset button.
The truth is, we encounter small changes every day and often handle them without hesitation. We can even juggle several changes at once — we’re that good! When it comes to bigger changes, we need to trust our abilities, sensibilities, and judgments more.
Change Changes Us
The scary thing about change is that it will inevitably not only change your situation but will also change you. It's scary to think about changing when you are comfortable with who you are.
But think about this: have you not changed and evolved to become the wonderful person you are today? Change helps us evolve, grow, and become fully ourselves.
"The spiritual journey is one of constant transformation. In order to grow you must give up the struggle to remain the same and learn to embrace change at all times. One of the most important areas requiring changes how we solve our personal problems. We normally attempt to solve our inner disturbances by protecting ourselves. Real transformation begins when you embrace your problems as agents for growth."
Change Is Unknown
It's scary to have to stride into changes in your life. The unknown is terrifying because, well, it's unknown.
Not knowing where this new change may take you is a scary thought, but is it not scarier to never take any risks? Without risk there is no reward. So let's greet the unknown as a wonderful adventure that will lead us to where we are meant to be!
“I have this feeling every so often that something's on the horizon and transformation is inevitable. It's both scary and exhilarating, knowing deep down that everything is shifting. But the best part is knowing that evolution is inevitable but the more we change, the more we grow. I couldn't have imagined this incredible life I'm leading now and I know there's more magic in store. It seems the key is to surrender with the knowing that everything tends to work out in its own beautiful and unexpected way.”
Change Is Change
But I like my life! (Or my job/city/etc…) As humans, we grow comfortable with the routine, with the comfort of our home, our city, and our circumstances. We love knowing what is where, who is who, and when to do what.
Change shifts all of that. It shakes us out of our comfort zone and drops us into the scary world of discomfort. But if we never leave our comfort zone, we will never learn more, and we will remain stuck. We are all brave enough to stride into the unknown with a brave heart. We all have the confidence within us to know that change is constant and so is our faith.
“Often pain or discomfort is a catalyst for change. But stagnation is actually what causes us the most pain. We are meant to move, grow and evolve. Even our breath and heart are constantly moving and changing. What holds you back from letting change offer transformation? Break thru the fear of the unknown, let go of clinging to control and use your discomfort as a catalyst for your evolution. Feel the childlike freedom that comes from letting go and allowing life to move you”
So, my brave soldiers, let us greet the discomfort of change with the knowledge that life is mysterious and magical in its shifts. Believing in our hearts that each change leads us to growth and brings us closer to the full path of our lives.
Do you ever have something big happen and you think, "Things will never be the same again"? In many ways it's always true: things will never be the same. Tomorrow will never be the same as yesterday, and even now--moment to moment--things are always changing. So as we constantly experience this uncertainty, the kindest thing we can do is open our hearts and embrace it.
Namaste | Amanda
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