Fantastic Fall: Change and Moving Forward
The seasonal switch from a warm, wonderful summer to a cool crisper Fall has
always been a difficult transition for me. The idea of having
to let go of summer brings uneasiness, resentment and some melancholia.
With the seasonal transition into Fall, change is motivated by
the movement of the earth around the sun; there is no getting around
this. So as the world changes and the seasons pass, so must our
lives in tandum with it.
Change is inevitable.
Our lives are made up of the building blocks of change.
This can be traumatic or it can be less so. The single most important
point you can make about change is that in most cases it's not what
faces you that's the problem, it's how you react to it.
How you react is determined by how you perceive a particular change.
The Chinese word for crisis is "weiji". Two characters that
separately mean danger and opportunity. Every problem we encounter in
life can be viewed that way. It is a chance to show that we can
handle it. Changing the way you think, can change a life of stress
and discomfort to a life of challenge and excitement.
Change shows itself in many forms. The move to a different career, by
choice or not, the loss of a loved one, the loss of a relationship,
the move to a new home or simply the change in the weather and how we
Here are some ways to embrace change:
1. Often, in any situation, we must take the quiet time to be with
ourselves to observe this change. How is it going to effect me?
Better yet, how am I going to let it effect me? What am I going to do
to get through this? Allow the answers to come to you in your quiet
2. Take Everything one day at a time. Sometimes situations can become
overwhelming when looking at the big picture. Again, take your quiet
time to observe the moment. Allow yourself to take all the time, take
the space that you need to grasp the change.
3. Breath. Deep breathing allows us to open our chest and expand. It
clears our minds and bodies of toxins and should be used as a tool
for change. Allow the breathe to cleanse you and make room for
change. Make room for something different.
4. Support. We are always put at ease when we have support behind us.
In these vulnerable moments, we can find strength in others. If you
have a good friend, a family member, a loved one or a community group
that you can turn to, do so. Be sure that this support comes from a
positive, unbiased source. Otherwise, it can be more damaging than
good. Rest assure, there have been others who have gone through what
you are experiencing right now. See if you can take away with you
some of their positive pearls of wisdom.
5. Love Yourself. You are the true source to your own happiness. You
have to live within yourself. You have to be at peace within
yourself. Only you can do that. Only you can make that happen. We
each have our own way of being with ourselves, but there is only one
way to be at ease with your soul. That is to love yourself, always.
6. Our belief system is one of the major factors that can get us
through situations or can cause our life to crumble around us! I do
believe that there is a lot of innate goodness and balancing our
minds do subconsciously to get usthrough hard times. The other
portion of this is how we "program" ourselves to deal with any given
7. Let go of the ego. Embracing peace of mind, optimism, the ability to forgive,
and a sense of humor are all good ways to allow the ego to
step aside and make room for some humble pie.
8. Allow Emotional Release. Identifying, expressing, experiencing,
and accepting all of our feelings is your doorway to accepting all
change in your life.
9. Be Flexible. You have a rigid, mind set about work, relationships,
kids or lifestyle. Learn a lesson from the willow tree and its
ability to bend in the great wind. Where as, when we are rigid like
the old oak tree, we can easily break apart under the stress of
change. Learn to relax and follow the path unfolding before you.
10. Their is no security in something that is irrelevant or no longer
has meaning. When we let go of the familiar, we have the power to
embrace the new.
Andrew Pacholyk MS, L.Ac.
Alternative medicine and therapies
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