Clearing The Path For Change


After you read the blog - be sure to review the Mindful Living Tips, check out the Guided Meditation and answer the prompts in the Reflect & Journal section.

Are feelings of apprehension and reluctance your inevitable companions when contemplating change? Personally, the mere thought of change often leaves me feeling immobilized. Whether I’m thrown a curve ball or faced with a difficult situation, my body contracts and I find myself hijacked by the unknown, rather than opening my heart to explore the opportunities that change may offer. For many, the prospect of initiating change can evoke uncomfortable feelings and hesitation, largely influenced by factors rooted in our minds and past experiences. Some of us find ourselves trapped in self-imposed narratives about our lives, inadvertently obstructing our own progress. Others, meanwhile, may adopt a victim mentality, using it as an excuse to give up on the prospect of change altogether.

The good news is that experiencing a wide range of emotions when confronted with unexpected challenges is normal. Whether self-doubt, insecurity or low self-esteem, we can navigate them by exercising agency. If you’re not familiar with the concept, ‘exercising agency’ means claiming control over situations and outcomes. It involves prioritizing our own needs, thoughts and behavior and, trusting in our ability to handle various tasks and situations, rather than being overly influenced by external conditions. This perspective is central to shaping our decisions, as it provides the foundation for taking ownership and subsequently supports effective action.

Making initial change happen can often be as simple as getting out of our own way. Sometimes the biggest obstacle to change is our own mindset, habits and resistance to move out of our comfort zones. Too often, we construct unnecessary roadblocks and succumb to fears without even reflecting on the potential benefits of doing things differently. By hitting the pause button long enough to reflect deeply on ourselves and our circumstances, we can gradually overcome these internal barriers and uncover our talents and capabilities. These strengths, abilities and insights can then help guide us through times of uncertainty, giving us the confidence and assurance needed to enact the changes we seek in our lives.

Let’s take a stroll down a different path of thought. Picture yourself walking on a trail through a dense forest after heavy rain and strong winds. Fallen branches, rocks and leaves obstruct the path, hindering your progress and enjoyment. Yet, as you clear away the debris, the trail becomes more inviting and enjoyable— the very reason you went for a walk in the woods. In much the same way, when we clear away mental clutter (such as limiting beliefs, negative thoughts and fears), we prepare the ground work for change to unfold. In essence, everything you want is already in you!

So, when you embark on making change, keep in mind that the journey is influenced by multiple factors: the type of change, individual circumstances, external conditions and the nuances of the situation. However, amidst this complexity, one powerful tool stands out: reflection. By taking a reflective approach, we are more likely to arrive at a thoughtful strategy but also manifest our desired outcomes. With this awareness, even subtle shifts can lead to personal growth, bring relief, facilitate healing, encourage forgiveness and nurture peace of mind.

Explore these 4 mindfulness-based tips that I hope will help guide you in developing healthy habits around initiating change:

Mindful Living Tips

Practice Acceptance: Acknowledge that change is a natural part of life and instead of fighting it, embrace it as a moment-to moment opportunity for growth, learning and unlearning.

Discover Within: Pay attention to your internal experiences including thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations, in the present moment. Notice any resistance or discomfort that arises and trust in your body’s wisdom, recognizing that everything you need resides within you.

Listen Mindfully: Be open to listening to the perspectives of others, without judgment. By giving them your full attention, avoiding distractions and practicing compassion, you are creating conditions where both parties feel heard, valued and respected.

Challenge Assumptions: Question your beliefs about yourself and the world around you. Recognize that these assumptions may be limiting your potential and preventing you from opening yourself to new insights and broadening your worldview.

Guided Meditation

Just Like a Mountain

"The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance." — Alan Watts