Winds of Change: Whether You Like It or Not
While the air looks calm and clear, the sound of the wind and the blowing trees tell a different story, as it is with our lives. The kinds of changes affecting us all are deeper and more significant than may be evident at first.
Perhaps you have already made major shifts, whether in response to outside circumstances or in response to your inner calling. Most of us are experiencing both. Many have been surprised at the movement of what was seemingly solid ground under our feet.
I’ve been processing at many levels. I’m changing my physical surroundings, making many decisions and letting go of how things were. Since the onset of Covid-19 restrictions, I’ve adopted daily practices to create structure in my life and to reach personal goals. Those have not only resulted in the intended outcomes (health, groundedness, learning, a sense of purpose), but also increased appreciation of life and my home, and gratitude for time spent connecting with people.
I’m sorting through objects and also sorting through priorities. I’m willing to spend more time simply giving support to people. I’ve also asked for support from friends and colleagues. I’m appreciating the beauty of moments and soaking in the energy of trees and ocean view. I’m remembering to put on a dance playlist from time to time and shake it all up.
No one knows where all this is going. I’m fully aware that we don’t have that much control over large scale changes. Yet I believe that we all share responsibility for contributing to a better world. By joining in with small groups of people who are seeking, sharing, and inventing together, I feel more able to steer my own course as well as make a difference.
After much consideration, I have decided it’s time to provide that kind of group experience for others who recognize the power of group support and who are ready to renew their understanding of how they are making their lives work. This particular group has structure and includes practice with specific tools for self-understanding and communication, using several different lenses from transactional analysis, neurolinguistics, and Syntax for Change to gain new points of view.
We’ll be looking into our life scripts, including how we learned to deal with change and stress. We’ll set up accountability for our agreements with ourselves, such as self-care, play time, and creativity. We’ll address boundary-setting as that often clarifies how we become depleted. Perhaps we’ll discover some parts of ourselves that have remained hidden and let them come out. We’ll deepen our sense of purpose and meaning. Above all, we will support each other in setting intentions for this phase of our lives.
Whether this group is suitable for you or not, I offer you these thoughts as inventory, as a recognition that we can choose again based on what’s happening now, and as an invitation to look for the opportunities that are unfolding for you now. And if it might be a fit, I look forward to exploring that with you.
Thank you for writing this blog post. It speaks to me, especially this part: “Perhaps you have already made major shifts, whether in response to outside circumstances or in response to your inner calling. Most of us are experiencing both. Many have been surprised at the movement of what was seemingly solid ground under our feet.” I am definitely experiencing both.
Good luck starting this group and building what so many of us are needing to get through these shifts: community.
Thank you, Emily. I believe it will be exactly right for those who are joining.