“Nothing is more permanent in life than change.” It’s highly likely that you have heard musings similar to this from people who are still reeling from the discovery that a major transition is taking place in their lives. Saying those words out loud is meant to reassure a person that going through different stages in life and facing the changes that accompany this growth is nothing new—and that they can survive and thrive.
How people respond to change
A change can mean different things to different people.
If the change is positive (e.g., the upcoming birth of a baby, a promotion at work, a debt that has been paid off, a disagreement with a relative that has been resolved, and the like), people have a greater tendency to embrace and welcome the transition and all that it promises for the future. There may be some level of anxiety or hesitation at the thought of pushing forward and acting toward the particular change, but there is also excitement, happiness, and openness.
Other situations, on the other hand, may not be as favorable. Perhaps you’ve been let go by your boss due to an incident at work. You may be having trouble making ends meet, and the very real possibility of eviction hangs over your head. A relationship with a loved one could be falling apart. Or perhaps you made a decision to advance your career or pursuits, but it was done at the expense of a friend or another passion.
In such instances, the impending arrival of a new phase in life, or the need to grow in a manner different from what you had in mind, will often be met with reluctance, indifference, resistance, or outright contempt.
Can meditation help?
Meditation and mindfulness would be helpful in these situations for a number of reasons:
- Meditation can help you focus.
- It can teach you to maintain a calm and open mind so you can assess and evaluate events and determine the role you need to play.
- It helps you manage the stress associated with an upcoming transition.
- It reinforces your commitment to acting on the growth opportunities presented.
- It enables you to pour your energy toward learning ways to adapt to the changes.
This is where the law of attraction comes in.
Mindfulness is essential because your thoughts and your energy have much to do with the events that take place in your life. When your dominant thoughts are mostly positive, then positive things will be drawn to you as well. The opposite takes place when your thoughts are mostly negative.
By meditating on the circumstances you face and focusing your thoughts, emotions and energy on your desired outcome, you are effectively controlling these, and as a result, controlling the course of your life.
Reflecting on the law of attraction and the benefits of practices like guided imagery can help you cope with changes better—and turn any outcome into a positive one.