“Sometimes in the waves of change we find our true direction.” ~Unknown
There have been some amazing waves crashing onto the Southern Californian beaches this past week. The recent full moon has increased the size and intensity of the waves and brought a powerful riptide pulling the water back out.
Water and waves are wonderful metaphors for change in our lives.
Just like with these strong waves, change often happens with external influences not unlike the full moon or a hurricane. We may feel pushed and pulled by the waves of change and as a result feel less than empowered.
But one thing we can count on in life is change. And we know that whether we choose it or it chooses us, change is often stressful.
“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” ~Jon Kabat-Zinn
Negotiating change with grace and trust requires that your self-nurturing reserve tank is full. Having a self-nurturing practice is essential for the ongoing refueling of your reserve tank and for prioritizing nurturing activities in your day.
Often during times of stress and overwhelm, we forget to take time to care for ourselves. This is actually the most critical time to be intentional about nurturing ourselves and so creating a practice ahead of time is crucial for avoiding overwhelm, burnout and exhaustion.
Imagine being so filled up that you experience a wave of change in your life as interesting rather than threatening.
Imagine being so energized, peaceful and grounded that change does not knock you off your feet but rather invigorates you.
Imagine being so excited about the possibilities flowing in through the guise of change that you bypass anxiety about the unknown completely.
I believe that all of those scenarios are possible! It requires a commitment to caring for yourself, a tool chest full of self-nurturing activities and practices, and letting go of old beliefs that tell us it is selfish to care for ourselves.
As Audre Lorde reminds us, “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation.”
What possibilities are flowing into your life right now?
What needs to be released in order to make space for their manifestation?
What intention could you set to start the process?
May you open to the waves of possibility flowing into your life and live authentically in truth and beauty, nurturing peace in the world from the inside out!
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Sending you so much peace, love and gratitude,
Kelley Grimes, M.S.W.
Counselor, Author & Speaker
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