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How to Get Good at Dealing With Massive Change

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How to Get Good at Dealing With Massive Change
It can be stressful and anxiety-inducing to be in the middle of a bunch of life changes at once - so much so that it can turn a time of change into a time of misery.

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Dealing with change

We can train to get good at dealing with times of massive change.

And here’s a secret: actually, we’re always in times of change. If you’re waiting for things to settle down, it’s a beautiful shift to let go of that and just relax into the groundlessness of it all.

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How our mind reacts to change

  • It complains. It doesn’t like change that it didn’t choose. 
  • It gets angry at others. It blames and might lash out at them. 
  • It looks for comfort, for a return to what you’re used to, what you know, what you’ve always gone to for comfort. 
  • It tries to get control. This can be stressful, trying to control the massively uncontrollable.

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Shifting the way we respond to stress

  • Notice when you’re feeling stress or resistance about change.
  • Drop into the pure experience of the moment.
  • Open to the wide-open nature of this moment, of reality.
  • Relax into the beauty of the changing moment.
  • Practice compassion, gratitude and joyful appreciation.
  • Practice loving things exactly as they are.

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