Every unexpected change is the opportunity for something wonderful!
Imagine discovering a new interest or a hidden talent that you had never explored before. Straightaway you want to spend time and energy looking into, examining and trying out this talent so that you can perfect it. And, by practicing this talent, even when it seems difficult, you begin to see growth, improvement, a strengthening of this part of you that wasn’t there before.
Isn’t this what we do as infants as we begin to explore our ability to move about? We start by getting up onto our knees and rocking a bit, maybe falling on our faces a few times. We continue to practice until we have the coordination and strength to move our knees along the floor, and pretty soon, we start to crawl.
Now, how about learning to surrender to the things that we know will change, such as the seasons, and to the things we don’t expect to change, such as relationships? Because change is inevitable, why not figure out why it seems so difficult and challenging and then adjust our perspective of change so that the next time and the time after that are less rocky? Then, we will find ourselves able to move through change more easily and with less resistance.
…instead of resisting change, why not dive deeply into the underlying reasons you are afraid in the first place? Do you lack trust in yourself to carry you through whatever may show up on the other side? Are you afraid it will be worse than what you are experiencing right now?
This is more about old fears than about change.
My May blog article, “Sudden changes”, includes several excerpts from a memoir I began writing with my mother several years ago. This month’s excerpts describe the many changes that took place in my early life and how my resistance to change became a repeating pattern, begging for my attention and a shift in my perspective.
I invite you to take a trip back in time, through journaling or in meditation, and revisit old memories where you may have experienced emotional upheaval around an event that shifted your life, thus creating beliefs that made (and continue to make) you feel fearful and insecure when things are about to change.
Being flexible is the first step to surrendering to change. Remember: In order for us to grow and evolve, change must occur. The universe is bigger, better, stronger, and we don’t achieve anything by staying stagnant.
Steps to Surrender
When you find yourself resistant to things you have never done before, you limit your experience and growth potential. Don’t allow fear of the unknown to cloud your way forward. Stand in the now, look forward with curiosity, and trust that what lies ahead will be exactly what you need.
Below are some examples of what the process of surrendering might look like:
- Taking a walk. Change of scenery is a great way to separate yourself from the situation, as well as a chance to connect with the purest energy of all things in nature.
- Sitting quietly and focusing inward. Take several slow deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth.
- Meditating and asking Spirit to guide you. Spirit is your best guide to the appropriate answers.
- Lying on your back and opening your arms wide. Let go completely and feel yourself give way to your need to control things. Stay here as long as you like.
- Praying. Prayer can be coupled with any of the activities listed above.
Letting Go, a Guided Meditation
Change is an inescapable and necessary part of life, and we don’t develop without it.
Letting go of trying to control changes doesn’t have to be as painful as we can make it. It doesn’t mean you are giving up; it means you are surrendering your own will to that of the Divine.
I wrote and recorded this meditation with the idea of surrender in mind and found it to be relevant to the current events on the planet. If you are feeling anxious and distrusting of the flow of life, take a time out; lie on your back, close your eyes, spread your arms wide and listen…
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‘Til next time…
When you are no longer able to change a situation, you are challenged to change yourself.
And that changes everything!
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