One small, attainable step at a time
We all have a great capacity for change within us but actual change requires us to first clear out any stuff that is in our way. Remember that change itself requires effort, so save your energy for that. The prerequisite 'clearing out' process is easy if you allow it to be easy. You can do this!
Before undertaking my recent life change, I had some major clearing out to do. My family was literally moving to a new place far away. Such a change can be overwhelming. The clearing out process before the moving process sounded overwhelming, too – but I learned that it didn't have to be.
Small, attainable steps
My clearing out process required me to create space in my life. I needed room to move, so to speak, to achieve my goal of actually moving across the country.
Space comes in many forms. I made space by taking old, unused items to Goodwill. I made space by letting go of binge-watching Netflix. I also made space by using masking tape to put a simulated moving truck cargo area on the floor. This took the mystery out the actual space available in the back of the truck. My family was able to visualize the task ahead of us and practice sizing up which boxes would fit and which items would fit inside them. Each box and item for consideration was a small, attainable step.
Once you set your intention to make a change, the 'clearing out' of space is easy. It usually just comes down to a matter of choice. What do you want or need to keep in your life to move forward? What expendable things are occupying too much of your present life? I learned that the process of change, the actual letting go, is an invaluable exercise in paying attention to what really matters most. This is hard to do in your head. Putting your hands on actual items – thanking and releasing, cherishing and keeping, processing and editing – clears your mind as well as your space. The process is an authentic, meaningful experience of life.
One giant leap...
Whatever change you are trying to make, big or small, there is space for it if you look. It is lying behind the unnecessary, which when removed, allows you to proceed along life’s path with more freedom and ease.
Change makes sense
To gain some clarity on what you need to let go of to make room for change, try this brief meditation while diffusing or inhaling rosemary essential oil for clear thinking.
Allow yourself to sit in a comfortable, relaxed position.
Draw your breath in slowly thorough your nose and allow the exhale to go through your nose as well.
Imagine a light at the center of your forehead, slightly above your eyebrows at your third eye point.
As you continue to breathe, imagine this light filling your head – opening you up to the possibilities around you.
Continue this practice for as long as you are able. When you are ready to return to your day, simply dim the focus of the light and open your eyes.