Embracing Change: A 5-Step Mindfulness Activity
*Find a quiet place and set aside at least 15 minutes.
*You may find it helpful to write during the experience or after.
*Do this activity multiple times throughout the change process.
*It can be done for a desired change or an inevitable undesired change.
- State the change aloud to yourself. Name it.
- Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and picture yourself on the other side of the change. This may be very difficult; depending on how big or how scary the change seems to you. Be kind and patient with yourself. You can do this over a series of times, and focus on one aspect of the change, if that makes it easier.
- As you imagine yourself on the other side of the change, take a minute to name one thing you have acquired throughout this process. Let it be something that you like, something that serves you well. Perhaps you’ve become more understanding or empathetic, more patient, or giving.
- Now, work backwards in your mind. Try to see what it was that helped you to acquire that gift, that special trait, that you hope to gain through this change. How has this process afforded you that gift?
- State the change aloud to yourself again. As you state the change also state that gift that you have gained. For example: “I left my job and became happier and more satisfied in my life.”
* Now take a deep breath and realize you’re going to rock this change. Whatever it is. You’re awesome and will come out stronger and better, don’t just let the change happen and feel like a victim to it, own it. Make it yours.
This activity is a sample of what you will find on the Small Steps: Embracing Change retreat. This retreat has very limited space and will fill.
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Elizabeth Small at firstname.lastname@example.org.