Kristine Carlson joins Aspire Magazine as an Expert Columnist. Kristine’s ‘Living the Big Stuff’ column will cast a light on a way of living that will help you develop the mindset to embrace ‘what is’ and take steps in moving forward on a path of transformation as you return to joy.
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We all know that transitions are a natural part of everyone’s life. We make them every day, yet the idea of it is intimidating because concept of transition has a negative thought field built up around it. Many of us believe that transition means negative change, and it doesn’t. Transitions are often positive and all ultimately provide opportunity for growth and beneficial changes in our thinking, beliefs, and behaviors. Here are some mindful life-style ideas for your emotional self-care tool box to help guide and support you during any of life’s transitions.
For those ready to explore the unknown inner worlds presented to us today through the lens of this field of awareness being birthed, they will find that it is not solely about time spent in solitary meditation. It’s about a new way of living: bringing that Energy of life into the now, rising above separation, BE-ing with each other, standing together in recognition of our global connectedness to create solutions for this planet – to not only survive the colossal challenges of today but to thrive and create a new prosperity out of the synergy of our collective potential. Accepting this possibility with the courage to be who we now know we are, is truly the indefinable gift given to each of us today. The only question now is – are we ready to accept?
Rigidity can be used as a gift in handling life’s transitions when channeled properly. The inability to let go becomes harmful when it interferes with our ability to move forward in life and to grow. It is also detrimental when it tries to control another to act or think differently. It takes courage and inner strength to change our thinking patterns and behaviors. This is where our inability to let go can be put to positive use. Be fixed and steadfast into channeling your thoughts to focus on the positive aspects of others and yourself by seeing the loving presence in everyone.
As a book writing coach, I see many clients transform their life’s crises into that veritable pearl in the oyster when they write a book that shares their journey. The writing takes them into new territory and insights, brings them confidence and helps them see their struggles in an entirely new way as their experiences suddenly become a portal to personal power and a credential for new endeavors that build upon their experience. But you don’t have to write a book to use the power of writing to help you through crisis, Lisa shares some other ideas to get you started.
Many transitions in life are expected, like marriage, the birth of a child or a change in career. These transitions can be planned for in advance and handled without an extreme amount of uncertainty and pain. At other times we may be caught off guard with unexpected transitions-divorce, the death of a spouse, a personal health crisis or a downsizing of your corporation- these transitions are met with fear, uncertainty and an overwhelming amount of stress. It’s during times like this that we have to develop coping skills, give ourselves permission to restore ourselves and have faith that there are opportunities on the other side of the event.
The soul is adventurous and wants new experiences. The body wants to find a warm, safe space and sit tight. There is no balance between these two different needs, only a dynamic disequilibrium, a flow, a tide that surges and ebbs and is never twice the same. The space between the enticing new thing and the comforting same-old, same-old is transition. And transition can be difficult.
Have you ever noticed that life doesn’t follow a nice straight trajectory? You can plan, predict and think positively, but sometimes life has other plans. This article is Part 3 of a 4-part series called, Making Sense of Change: Mastering the Art of Life Navigation. When you can navigate all the seasons of change, then you have found true security! Phase 3 is also the ‘Hero’s Saga’ because it requires courage, brave deeds, and the noble quality of following your heart with big doses of persistence.