How Well Do You Receive Change?
Much is written and taught about handling change today. Since receiving always involves a change, learning to embrace change will enhance our ability to receive.
How does receiving always mean change? When we receive something, we now have something we didn’t have before, be it a tangible gift, an idea, an understanding of someone’s view (a compliment would fall here), or a greater sense of well being. Resisting change also means resisting receiving whatever would come along with the change: a new boss, a different job, an end to a relationship, and so forth. And as I wrote a couple of weeks ago, a loss (which is change we usually don’t like) always incorporates a gain, if we allow it.
Here’s an exercise to solidify this idea for you: next time something changes for you, identify what is available to be received, if you permitted it. For instance, when a favorite restaurant closes, we’re motivated to try new out venues that we may end up liking even more. If a road is closed, we have to drive a new way, perhaps discovering a business we didn’t know existed. The kids move out, and we have a room available for who knows what! When my beloved dog died, I learned how compassionate my vet’s entire staff was, I got closer to Roger’s two dogs, and I started researching breeds that are unknown to me for when I’m ready for a new dog.
Receiving change without resistance is a great step to learning to receive with grace and ease.
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