Jody Shield on embracing change
Many of us set have the (never-ending) list of things we want to improve on this upcoming year. As January comes to a close, it’s only natural that as the days go by, the initial feeling of excitement for change will slowly fade and transform into a strong sense of resistance.
Change can be hard. Boy, do we know it.
Letting go and embracing change is an art. It requires trust – mainly trust in yourself, and also trust in your outside environments.
It’s about taking a brave and bold step forward into a new and unknown place, which can be very, very scary.
As humans, we love to hold on as tightly as possible to what’s happening right here, right now – we crave control, we crave predictability and we crave safety.
In actual fact, life is the opposite of what we crave.
If you look at nature, you’ll notice life is change. As it’s been said many times before: there is only one thing which is permanent, and that is change. Accept that your life is constantly changing, and everything else changes with you.
TO ACCEPT CHANGE IS TO BE TRULY ALIVE
Try to accept this changing existence with all its’ seasons, ups and downs, this constant flow that never stops is to be in the flow of life, as opposed to fighting against it. Because if you notice, it’s actually our stubbornness to not let things change that keeps us stuck and unhappy.
If you want to live a life with no change – you’re asking the impossible. It’s time to embrace change, rather than fight against it.
A good place to start when embracing change, is to make an inventory of everything you’ve been carrying with you (physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually) and verifying whether it’s still useful to you or not. Then making a ruthless choice to either keep or release what’s no longer helping you and is actually weighing you down (heavy past relationship grudges, I’m looking at you).
This can be especially tricky since human beings are collectors: we collect memories, emotions experiences… so it does require a bit of training and getting used to. But like a muscle, it will get toned and strong with some practice.
The benefits of embracing change are incredible. When you let go and allow change, your whole being shines, feels clearer, lighter, more aligned, inspired and gets in flow.
And know that any time you decide, you can choose to embrace change and open a new world of possibilities because you actually made space for them.
You’ve got this. Happy letting go.