The color of the leaves are changing and the breeze is becoming cool and crisp - Fall is officially here! In the spirit of the transition into the season of Autumn, let's reflect on how we too can embrace the change we may be experiencing.
Change is an inevitable part of life. If you take some time to sit and witness your natural surroundings, you will realize that the natural world operates in cyclical patterns of change - spring, summer, fall, winter | birth, maturity, death | lunar phases | etc.
Without change, life remains stagnant, void of growth and progression, causing things and even people to be left behind. It may be difficult or even scary to make an effort to embrace changes, but I'm here to tell you that it is so worth it in the end. It won't always feel good and it might not even look the way you thought but you will be full of gratitude for allowing yourself to accept it.
How can we actionably begin to embrace change?
Beginning any type of self development journey can seem so large and daunting at first. It's okay - just breath. We will share some approachable exercises that will help you begin this journey of welcoming change into your life. Focus on intentionally implementing just one of these practices first and pick up more as you witness yourself grow and blossom. Use the mantra below to remind you of your journey and keep you concentrated on improving yourself.
Take time to reflect
Lean into that short period between realization and action and take some time to think. When we are facing events that overwhelm us, our initial impulse is to immediately take action. Allow yourself the space to fully analyze the situation, how you feel, and why you feel that way before choosing to react hastily.
Ignore the "lizard brain"
The lizard brain refers to the most primitive part of our brain, the amygdala, where the instincts that warn us of danger reside and is apart of the limbic system which is responsible for processing emotions. In today's world, this part of your brain often acts as a source of resistance, recognizing anything that makes you uncomfortable as a threat. Become aware of the reptile inside your head, name it, and the next time you hear its voice, refer to it by name and escort it out.
Shed your old skin
You have to get rid of the old to make room for the new - physically and mentally. Discarding old material possession, mindsets, and habits will unbind you from your past and empower you to embrace what is to come. Check in with yourself and take inventory of all that you are carrying with you and release what is no longer of service.