Using mindfulness to create positive change

Today’s Quote:

The two important things I did learn were that you are as powerful and strong as you allow yourself to be and that the most difficult part of any endeavor is taking the first step, making the first decision.
~Robyn Davidson

Reflection:

When do you know it’s time to make a change in your life? Sometimes the thought of starting something new can seem daunting. Starting a new job, moving to a new place, or changing the status of an intimate relationship are a few of the major life-changing decisions that can seem frightening or overwhelming. It’s fear of the unknown that can keep us stuck and ultimately make us feel miserable. So why is it that many of us choose to stay in situations or relationships that might no longer serve us or the people involved?

Sometimes, our lack of confidence in our ability to learn something new or make adjustments to new situations can prevent us from taking a risk worth pursuing. However, when we quiet the inner critic by accessing our innate wisdom we can allow ourselves to feel as “powerful and strong” as we allow ourselves to be. We can experience strength and perseverance by moving forward and leaving what kept us stuck in the past behind, where it belongs.

Ultimately the change you wish to make needs to come from within your heart and soul. No one else can make that decision for you. What they can do is provide support and encouragement along the way. We have to be willing to make mistakes and learn from them rather than be afraid. There is no perfect life and there is no one perfect decision. We are all learning and growing as we move along this life journey. Life is too short to stay stuck in something that is no longer working for us. This week think about something you wish to change. Try the guided meditation below and let me know how it works out for you. Good luck!

Today’s Practice:

Take 10 minutes to listen to this guided visualization on creating change.  Combining relaxation with visualization helps release the fear and stress of making a life-changing decision. We can create positive change in our lives to experience long-lasting happiness when we let go of fear. By envisioning ourselves making a wise-mind decision we can allow ourselves to feel “powerful and strong.”

 

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About Sofia Reddy

I’m a busy Mom, wife, social worker and teacher. As a mental health therapist, I have worked with clients to help them manage their recovery with mindful stress management and self-care. To manage my own stress, I practice mindfulness and meditation and am passionate about teaching it to others. I provide self-care workshops and presentations on strategies to prevent burnout amongst working professionals trying to balance multiple roles and responsibilities.

I’m also a volunteer meditation instructor with New Leaf Meditation Project, a community dedicated to helping beginners learn about meditation and wellness for free.

As caregivers, perhaps we’ve learned that we need to put others’ needs ahead of our own, but that is a quick path to burnout. It is also important that we make time to take care of ourselves.

When I’m not working or blogging, I enjoy exploring new hiking trails and going on day trips with my 2 rambunctious children and awesome hubby. For self-care I meditate, journal, read, and practice yoga.

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*Please note: the information presented on this blog is not meant to replace professional healthcare. Always consult with a healthcare provider if you have questions or concerns regarding your health. The views expressed here are solely my opinions and suggestions, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of the mental health or educational facilities in which I work.

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