Anticipating the Good


When we find ourselves going through any kind of change in our lives, our natural response may be to tense up on the physical, mental, or emotional level. We may not even notice that we have braced ourselves against a shift until we recognize the anxiety, mood swings, or general worried feeling toward the unknown that usually results. There are positive ways to move through change without pushing it away, however, or attempting to deny that it is happening. Since change will occur in almost every aspect of our lives, we can learn to make our response to it an affirmative one of anticipation, welcoming the new while releasing the past with grace.

One thing we can do is change our perspective by changing the labels we use to identify our feelings. We can reinterpret feelings of anxiety as the anxious butterflies that come with eager expectation. With this shift, we begin to look for the good that is on its way to us. Though we may only be able to imagine the possibilities, when we acknowledge that good is there for us to find, we focus our energy on joyful anticipation and bring it into our experience while allowing the feelings to carry us forward. -daily OM

So what has us accept change? Ceremony–like graduation, celebrations, moving location, starting over, new job or career. Sometimes shifting our point of view and our attachments can allow us to let go of the anxiety we feel over change. It’s ok to feel. It’s what we humans do. Let go of the pictures we create, the attachments to how it SHOULD look. Stay wonderously aware of the adventure change creates—summer to fall, fall to winter, winter to spring. New challenges bring new insights into our Being. New mountain tops create new views. stand at the edge and see how hugely small you really are….and that’s a Good thing.


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