Springtime brings change that, in general, is easy to accept. The cold temperatures give way to warmth, the dormant plants begin to bud and flower. Even the rain is welcome, bringing a palette of greens that dazzle the eye.
Is change this well-received in your inner life?
While you might enjoy digging out warm-weather clothes, personal growth such as changing your belief system or thought patterns probably isn't something you've got on your calendar.
The thing is, if what you’re looking for is new energy or a fresh outlook to bring vibrancy to your world, personal growth is where it’s at. New spring clothes, fresh tulips on the table, or taking out your sandals are only very temporary lifts to the spirit.
The only thing constant is change.
It’s funny that humans can be so resistant to transformation. Everything in your life is dynamic and it often takes less effort to go with the flow than it does to try to stop everything and shut it down.
True story. One of my daughters was extremely resistant to change when she was young. I wanted to move the bookcase with all the kids’ books from one of the bedrooms out to the living room where we did the most reading. She thought this was a terrible idea. I proposed that we try it for a little while and see how we liked it. When I went to move it I found she had tied herself with rope to the bookcase and taped up signs saying DO NOT MOVE all over the bookcase. Talk about resisting change!
It's not good or bad, it just is.
One thing you can do is accept change as the norm rather than an unusual random occurrence. When you have a situation where you need to move forward, try to just experience it rather than judging it good or bad.
When you let labels direct your reactions to your life you’re not coming from the highest version of yourself. If you can commit to integrating what you’re learning without judgement you can stay more present and be open to what it will bring for you.
This evening is the new moon. For the next two weeks until the full moon it's a wonderful time to put effort into new ventures, ideas, and growth. It’s a rich time for setting intentions to become more aware, responsible, proactive, and present.
Where are you in your life right now? What is working, what is not? Where do you sense the need for change? When you grow your awareness and clarity of the present, it can help you see what changes need to happen and how to do that with ease. This is where working with a coach can be incredibly helpful. Having a compassionate guide to view the situation with kind and objective eyes and ask bold questions that lead to your next aha moment is so valuable.
Embrace change with ease and grace.
As for the Big Bookcase Move, in the end we did try the bookcase in the living room and after a few days we all—even the resistant daughter—decided we liked it better there, so it stayed… until the next time we decided to move it!
Thanks to the Power Path, School of Shamanism, and Michelle Motuzas for insights.