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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 beau...

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"We are always in transition. If you can just relax with that, you’ll have no problem.” 

Chogyam Trungpa

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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...

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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.
  • Rela...

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Leo Tolstoy

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”

Leo Tolstoy

About change

Organizations don’t change. People change. Many companies move to change systems and structures and create new policies and processes but fail to address the underlying mind-sets and capabilities of the people who will execute it.

A new strategy will fall short of its potential if they fail to address the mental attitude because people on the ground tend to continue to behave as they did before.

Looking both ways

Companies that only look outward in the process of organizational change, and dismiss individual learning and adaptation make two common mistakes:

  • They focus solely on business outcomes and fail to appreciate that people will have to adapt to implement it.
  • They focus too much on developing skills. 

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What mindfulness is

What mindfulness is

Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.

What meditation is

Meditation is exploring. When we meditate we venture into the workings of our minds: sensations, emotions and thoughts.

Mindfulness meditation asks us to suspend judgment and unleash our natural curiosity about the workings of the mind, approaching our experience with warmth and kindness, to ourselves and others.

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“Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally. And then I sometimes add, in the service of self-understanding and wisdom.”

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