I Find it interesting how those in leadership whether it be state or church think 2016 was one of the most negative years they have experienced. However, what 2016 was about was massive change and with it an opportunity for growth. Change is inevitable and when you try to hold on to the status quo because you have built your self identity and life around it, it becomes a struggle. Any reality you have built is temporary. As you change and grow out of the comfort zone you have created, the concept of who you are changes and gets challenged. That's why when someone in the family for example comes out with a radical or different plan which will challenge the status quo, others feel uncomfortable and try to stop them through teasing or undermining them. It's fear based. Change is fine with all of us if we are in control of it! If not it can become scary and make us feel uneasy. Change is however uncomfortable as it is unknown. We are stepping in to new territory when our very identity will change. What we need to do is face change with curiosity and stand back from it to see what happens before we react, even for a few moments. That way we can make decisions from a place of calm not chaos. It isn't easy however but always worth a try! That's where mindfulness can help when you are going through changes as it gives you breathing space.
If change happens in small incremental ways it becomes a long-term feature in your life. Change is always simmering under the surface waiting for an opportunity to bring growth and new opportunities. It just needs you to allow it to happen as resistance is what often brings us distress. Change can bring pleasure and joy in to your life but even that can be stressful if there's a lot of it happening at once. What you think about change or any event in your life colors your perception of it. Mindfulness practice can help you gain a wider perspective and also a calmness during times of change.
Ankhra Laan-Ra. Glasgow based Well-being and Fitness Coach.