Simple Ways to Deal with Change

Mindfulness


“The only thing that is constant is change.” ~Heraclitus

Seasons change, moods change, people change, the world changes. Heraclitus hit the nail on the head when he said that change is the only real thing that we can rely on. His theory, still holding true 2,500 years later, leads me to believe that he really knew what he was talking about.

Whenever we are in turbulent times in our lives, the most common advice our loved ones give us is, “Things change. Move on.” While that kind of advice seems harsh at the moment, deep down, it’s one of life’s most important lessons. Change, in every being, in every situation, in every aspect, is inevitable. In reality, there is nothing wrong with change. In reality, change is generally a good thing. The only negative about change really is our fear and aversion towards it.

So, why are we so fearful of change? Much like our fears of uncertainty discussed last week, change is all about the unknown. Most of us are creatures of habit. We have a day-to-day schedule, dealing with the same issues, people, and places. We like to know what to expect on a daily basis. We all tend to cling on to what is familiar to us, so we don’t have to experience the unknown.

It is unhealthy for us to continue clinging on to “life as we know it.” We age, we grow, we move, we fall in love, we fall out of love, we get angry, we get sad, we get excited. The list goes on.

So, let’s become so comfortable with change, so that it’s no longer scary, but just ordinary, like the breaths we take every second of every day.

Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative.
This seems to be an overriding theme in most of our blogs, but it couldn’t be a more powerful message. Trying turning your brain to the positive aspects of a change you’re concerned about, rather than the negative.

Be open.
Most of us tend to look the other way or shut down when the possibility of change arises. Next time, try having an open mind. Maybe you’ll see something from a different perspective, and that change could bring out something more wonderful than you could have imagined.

Reflect.
Even though we stress being in the present, it’s important sometimes to reflect on the past and notice how it has gotten us to where we are today. From day to day things seem like they stay the same, but taking a step back we notice how much our lives change year to year.

Trust.
Finally, if things become too overwhelming, remember that things come into our lives for a reason. It might not be fully apparent at the time, but there’s always a lesson to be learned. Trust that the universe is bringing you just what you need at that moment, accept it, and let go.

Are you going through any changes in your life? What have you found to be the best way to deal with changes? Let us know!

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