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Facing the Unknown

The Blessing of Change

“What do I do now?” Whether it is unexpected job changes, ending a relationship, or simply embarking on a new journey, everyone faces the unknown at some point. Sometimes the course of action is clear; but when life really flips you upside down, it can be overwhelming and scary.

As challenging as change can be, it can also be a huge blessing, because in that place of not knowing, magnificent transformation becomes possible. But what do you do in the midst of it?

Ask for Help
Don't go through it alone. Tell a friend that you need support or call on your guardian angels. The humility that comes in times of crisis can bring deeper connection to others. Utilize the power of prayer. In Kundalini Yoga, we have a prayer that calls for a miracle: Dhan Dhan Ram Das Guru. It brings peace when you need it most. Chant it once or repeat for 31 minutes. Whatever your approach, take this opportunity to be present with your humanity and allow others the blessing of being there for you.

Feel It
When life is intense, the first response is often to avoid your feelings. However, that intensity is the magic spot, pushing the edge and opening the heart in new ways. Allowing yourself to feel the emotion is vital in the healing process and is a meditation in itself. Long deep breathing can be helpful for moving through emotion with presence.

Take Care
Self-care becomes extra important in times of personal crisis. Eat healthy food, drink more water, exercise regularly and make sure you get the sleep you need. This may require that other non-essential duties be set aside for the time being. Make it a priority to support your body in assimilating the vast changes that are coming your way.

Facing the unknown is not comfortable, but it is an important part of growth and change. You will move through it day by day (or maybe even minute by minute.) Things will shift. Clarity will come. Be gentle with yourself and embrace the wild ride of this human life.

Survival Meditation Survival Meditation (434 KB)

Kewal K. Khalsa
Mother, Birth Doula, & Yoga Teacher

Recommended: When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times by Pema Chodron


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