Support Change

When I’m in a transitional period of life, I can get inpatient.  I’m going from one thing to another and I want to be on the other side of the change already.  Not in a few months, but right now.  I want to get to the results but not experience all of the growth that it takes to get there.  In other words, I don’t always want to work for the goal. Instead, like so many of you, I sometimes want that ‘quick fix’ that will help me achieve the changes that I seek.

Have you ever been that way?  You know that change is coming to a part of your life or perhaps it’s already happening & you just wish you could fast forward to the final results.  In the past, that was my normal way of operating and I’m sure that for many of you this is a familiar way to act. In fact, it’s pretty common.

After a lot of yoga therapy, both given and received, I’ve learned to enjoy all the little shifts that happen as I morph and grow through a change.  I’ve learned to expect ups and downs on the path to change.  I’ve also learned that lasting change is usually a process that takes time.  It won’t be done overnight.

So, what am I doing differently? I support change so that I can heal as I move through it instead of allowing the change to frustrate and irritate me.

Change takes time

Have you ever tried to form a new habit?  It’s not always easy, is it?

Here’s a common scenario…

You decide that you want to be healthier so you’re going to spend 20 minutes a day exercising.  The problem is that there is a part of you that is comfortable right where you are. That part already knows what to expect and is afraid of change. So, you find excuse after excuse to skip exercising more days than is good for you. 

Sadly, your mind and body aren’t always eager to participate so they will throw up roadblocks to stop the new habit from forming.  This process of forming a new habit is you trying to make a change in your life.  You can’t get to the other side of a newly formed habit without those daily challenges that will try to stop you from forming that habit.  Rather, you have to confront each daily challenge and make the decision to do the new thing in order to make it a habit.  If exercise is your goal, then every day you have to make the decision that exercise is more important to you than the excuse that you will come up with to not do it.

Support change if you want it to really happen.

When you’re trying to heal and resolve past trauma, you’re trying to create a change in your life  Your life has altered or changed and now you find that you need to change yourself as well.  When healing from past trauma, it can be confusing to navigate the journey.  You don’t know all of the new habits and rules of this new post-trauma period of life.  You also don’t know who you’ll be in this new period until you’ve spent some time in this stage of life.

Like me, you can’t skip to the other side of changing yourself or your habits.  You have to experience each and every day during this time of healing.  There will be days when you get things to go as you like and days where nothing works out.  You have to experience both to figure out how to act and be now versus how you used to be.

What helps this process is having support as you go through this shift.  When you support change, you don’t have to go through it all alone.

What does that support look like?

Well, it can look different for each of you. The key is to reach out to other people who have the tools to help you heal from your trauma. You might have a talk therapist, a yoga therapist, a trusted friend, a support group or even a doctor who can help you on your journey. Whoever it is, know that you don’t have to go through the healing process all on your own.

Instead, when you share the healing journey with someone, then you share your burden. You allow others to give you the tools that you need to process and resolve your trauma. You also allow others to help you stay accountable to continuing the process until you’ve healed. It’s accountability that keeps you moving forward even when it’s hard or difficult.

Heal from the inside out

Not all types of therapy are the same. Yoga therapy helps you to heal your trauma from the perspective of your body instead of your mind. This means that when I work with my clients, we take the time to notice all that the body is feeling and experiencing. That can be unusual, unexpected and even difficult at times. After all, in order to cope with the trauma for awhile, you most likely ignore the trauma and pushed it down even deeper into your body. If you’re ready to resolve the trauma, then you have to change this pattern.

Allowing your body to be heard, will help your body’s tissues to resolve the leftover residue of the trauma. In doing so, you start to heal from the inside out. You support change and move forward from the trauma at a cellular level. Your body will begin to act and react differently than in the past.

If you’re ready to resolve your trauma, than reach out to someone who can support the process. If you’re not sure who that could be, then schedule a free chat with me. Even if yoga therapy isn’t a good fit for you, I can help you figure out what you do want to try.

And remember, it’s never too late to live healthier or happier!

Becky is a Yoga Therapist & has been teaching yoga since 2006. She loves to match people with a yoga practice that helps them to feel better every day & believes that there is a yoga practice for everyone. Click here to sign up for her mailing list & get all of the important news & tips first!


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