Change is a constant in life. As much as we try to maintain the status quo, we are also asking for more. We are asking for better lives, better health, better relationships. When change begins, our initial instinct is to resist because it is unfamiliar. Our body tightens. We begin to experience fear. This fear is a perception that we have of the unknown. Most days, we are in a pattern and routine and when that is disrupted, we are momentarily stunned. This moment represents a turning point where we are given choice –
Hold on to the way things have been
Navigate with the shift
Fear is the natural response that guides us to find a way to continue in our patterns. The choice we are given is an opportunity to make the decision to navigate through what we are facing.
The first step in this decision is to acknowledge the change.
The second step, acknowledge the unknown.
The third step is the difficult one. Acknowledge to yourself,
I am scared.
This may seem like a defeating or victim-like statement, however, it is a place of truth, and ironically, it is the most powerful thing we can do. This simple statement is a way to be compassionate with ourselves instead of a reaction in anger, panic or desperation. If we pretend and ignore the fear, our fear response can be directed toward ourselves or others. We have then taken fear based action rather than solution.
By acknowledging our fear, we are asking our body not to release adrenaline. We remain calm and compassionate as we explore our next indicated action. We start to seek the highest good in the situation that has been presented. We make beneficial decisions for our personal well-being. Isn’t it possible that what we have been working toward and asking for is on the other side of the change? Embrace change. Bravely navigate through the unknown. A regular practice of yoga, meditation and pranayama are tools to help us remain centered and calm as we navigate through our authentic life.