We are officially through the first 14 days of 2016 – HAPPY NEW DAY to all my visitors. Two weeks on and I wonder what it felt like for you to cross the threshold into this New Year? If ‘ringing in the changes’ for the New Year , was just like slipping into a known and familiar place and you’re really happy with that – great. If, instead, this marks a time of transition into new ways of thinking, tempting you to try out new things, overcome fears or any challenges with work, in your relationships, or maybe your own self-belief, then this could be a very dynamic year for you.
Making changes in your life…
Approaching changes, we could be feeling excited about the possibilities for the future, or just downright nervous and on edge due to life circumstances and fear of the unknown.
If there was a way to feel more in balance, a way to guide yourself forward so there was hardly anything holding you back would it be worthwhile?
As I sat contemplating my next steps for what feels like an unpredictable year, I found my mind leaping forward with worry and concern over the ‘what ifs…’, What if this happens..what if this doesn’t happen”…”What if I can’t…What if I can…”, know what I mean?
As I caught myself doing this I ‘paused’ and dragged myself back to the present, into ‘right now’ and took stock of my surroundings. What truly mattered in the moment was that everything without over-speculating for the future was fine.
NOW I know changes aren’t always easy, but for me it was interesting to find that when I remembered to allow myself to rest within this very moment, I could find a calm respite. So with my eyes closed as I followed my breathing, then I could settle into a space where worrying dissipated, because unnecessary worry just leads to a misuse of the imagination. Getting stuck over things that haven’t happened and may never happen isn’t very productive. So, learning how to create a space that moved me away from that distraction, allowed me to calm everything down. (Bonus PDF guide for help on the relaxation response follows this blog…)
So I wonder, if you find yourself overly speculating in a negative way, what would be better and work for you?
Peace from the inside out…
Finding some respite from within, where there is a safe place to experience some peace. And wouldn’t that be great? Any stress that’s being produced can pause, reduce as the body and the mind takes a natural route to the relaxation response, resting in this moment. New ideas or solutions get a chance to form and breathe when we learn how to access a calmer state.
Some people turn to meditation, others to more creative or active physical pursuits or hobbies. It’s about finding your groove and if you’re unsure, well there’s always professional guidance to help you let go of your limiting beliefs. A plug for me or one of my associates as Cognitive Hypnotherapist’s of course 😉
The Power Of Now… by Eckhart Tolle
…is a 191 page turner “intended to be a guide for day-to-day living, and emphasizing the importance of living in the present moment and avoiding thoughts of the past or future.” This was one of first books I read that continued to grow my awareness of different ways of being in this present moment. The book attracted me because it represented a universal message of hope during difficult times.
It’s really okay to just play with seeing things differently – for the better. Where small steps are allowed along-side self compassion, self-acceptance, whilst developing the unconscious ability to direct life towards better solutions on the outside – BECAUSE YOUR WORTH IT.
In the fluctuations of life, remembering to come back to the NOW isn’t always easy. We’re only human!
“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage”… Anaïs Nin
…whatever brings you peace of mind or a sense of achievement can help as a resource in other parts of one’s life too.
It’s amazing how slowly building more resilience, by doing the simplest of things, can really help us get through major events which life challenges us to.
* 7/11 breathing is a proven method for bringing the body back to balance by encouraging the natural relaxation response, free document bonus below.
Knowledge is Powerful …connecting to new perspectives at a deeper level creates choices.
Part of the adventure of life could be in finding that space that refuels those resources to reach towards what brings a sense of worth, of being loved and finding joy.
But it’s not just about knowledge, making the connection through meeting our emotional needs is just as important. Something that a lot of us could probably get better at.
“Imagination is as powerful as our present reality”
So if we bring ourselves back to what matters right now, then imagine building a template for the future which is more nurturing and encouraging, in the actions we choose to take from today we find a new and powerful way to encourage changes. Within Cognitive Hypnotherapy this is know as ‘positive future pacing’.
“When we change the way we look at things the things we look at change” Wayne Dyer.
Here’s a previous blog on happiness and cultivating resilience