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Thursday, July 26, 2012

tranquilosophy: change happens

everything changes. nothing remains without change. buddha

it's been a big week. between ended relationships to job changes to moves, it seems as if each day has brought a new life change to loved ones around me. everywhere i turn i'm hearing news of these large transitions. apparently these things come in waves and we're currently experiencing a tsunami in my neck of the woods.

considering we are so interconnected, it's hard to not feel the effects of big changes happening to those you love or to begin to feel a bit unstable yourself. i find that change is filled with trepidation and lots of vacillating between "should i" or "shouldn't i?"

my semi-sabbatical has allowed me the space to ponder change and to observe the massive shifts around me. from people to nature to my pets. for example, i've been keen to the changes in my patio garden and how the trees are flourishing in the summer sun! little things that happen each day as we're living our oh-so-busy lives. life is change.

since downshifting a bit (my inbox is half its size these days!), i've learned a few lessons in change that i've shared below.

1. know that change is part of life's process. we are constantly evolving, growing, pruning, shedding. it's a good thing even though it can be painful.

2. give yourself space to truly turn within and see what is or isn't working. a few hours, a few days, a few weeks. whatever you can muster. your soul requires it. autopilot is sad and overrated.

3. sit with what comes up. listen to your gut. write about your feelings. when you have the answer, take action. don't rush the process. bask in it.

4. serve up support. indulge in self-care and offer support to those around you. nothing is permanent. the pain will lessen and the storm will pass. let's learn to ride these continuous waves sans attachment.

5. be gentle. have patience with yourself and the process. feel your feelings. be open to the journey. explore opportunities and give yourself wiggle room. you're human and doing the best you can.

ah, the journey of life. enjoy these buddhist words of wisdom from urban dharma on the concept of change and this quote a friend sent me by john lennon: "life's what's busy happening when you're making other plans." avoid autopilot, embrace change, and repot yourself from time to time (just as we do our houseplants).

p.s. change is coming my way, too. i've been working on a new website design for over the past year and the above image is almost there. was so excited to share!

bisous. x

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Nicole said...

The season of change has been a big theme, it seems, in your life this year. Going strictly off of what you're writing as well as what we can sort of "read between the lines" as long time readers, you're doing a stellar job of moving with the tide of this tsunami. You have definitely grown these past few months and it has been wonderful of you to share this growth with us. I hope that I handle such transition with your grace and verve.

Anonymous said...

Great words and reminders thanks Kimberly. I am trying to see the blessings and the lessons within the change and not be so busy stomping my feet and clutching to the shoulds or used to's to miss what is right in front of me or ahead for me.

Love the preview of the site! (let me know if you happen to need anyone to test it to make sure all runs smooth as that is my current proffesion ;-D

Thanks again for the inspo as always!

Healthy Skin Enthusiast said...

Thank you for sharing these excellent reminders! I adore the idea of 're-potting' ourselves & the new website looks fantastic! All of my lovely clients have been very interested in how I ended up on a yoga retreat in France, so I have sent tons o peeps to your site!

Dawn said...

thank you! I'm on the verge of big change, so it's been great to hear about your changes! Thank you for your inspiration. I stumbled across your blog 2 years ago while working on a political campaign and it has helped me get to this point and will continue to be a help as I continue to grow.

kimberly wilson said...

thanks, ladies, for your feedback. so much change, so little time! x