This week, we're thinking about keeping calm amidst chaos. With Labor Day approaching this weekend –– usually a weekend-long farewell to summer –– we're reflecting on the unusual nature of the past few months.
Labor Day, like many recent annual events, won't look the same as it usually does this year. Nothing really looks or feels the same right now. With annual holidays feeling like just another day, we're thinking about the fact that change is the only constant in life.
Change is expected. We don't know how it might look or feel, but it's always coming. There's no way to avoid it or control for it. It simply is. One of the hardest things to learn is to accept change and accept the fact that, like it or not, it'll come.
When dealing with the emotional toll of change, turning to meditation can help alleviate the feelings of emotional distress. Meditation helps us recenter ourselves, distancing us from our endless cycle of negative thoughts and helping ground us in the present moment. We remember to have gratitude for where we are and let go of our resistance to change.
Meditating helps us gain a new perspective on stressful situations as well as helping us develop new skills to manage anxiety. Meditation can act like an airplane journey; we feel ourselves rise above the challenges of daily life and gain a new perspective on them. We can learn to see them as they are: part of our journey, but not our whole journey. We can look at them like we'd look out an airplane window, and see them as small blips on the grand scope of life.
Another skill we love when it comes to coping with change is radical acceptance. Practicing radical acceptance helps us eliminate added suffering during times of transition. To practice radical acceptance, we have to learn to acknowledge what is out of our control – in this case, the change we're experiencing – and what is in our control – how we feel and react to it.
Breaking down our thoughts in this way helps us focus on the things we are able to control and moves our attention away from those that we can't.
The hardest thing about change is that it reminds us we are not in control. Learning to let go of that craving to feel in control lets you release your resistance to change, helping you come to terms with it as a part of life, a stepping stone to the next stage.
That's all for now. Have an inspired week ahead :)
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