Program of Change: Steps to Self NourishmentWith any Program of Change, a significant piece lies in the willingness to participate and the acceptance of the need, however grand or miniscule it may be, for a change to take place.
Un-learning requires the acknowledgement that throughout our lives we develop different coping strategies and behaviours that form our perception of ourselves and the world around us. By questioning how and where we learned certain ideas, beliefs and values, we can gain insight into our lives while starting to develop a new understanding of ourselves.
The process of self-discovery and transformation must involve our ability to connect with the parts of ourselves that are in need of kindness, understanding and forgiveness. Cultivating compassion in our lives creates the opportunity for learning the art of giving and receiving in all areas of our life. This may not be something that comes easily or naturally, but it is an essential tool in engaging with ourselves and others in order to create change.
Learning to build boundaries is a significant tool in navigating life in healthy and sustainable ways. Boundaries are a significant and powerful resource in showing compassion and care for ourselves – whether at work, with hobbies and leisure activities or in relationships. Boundaries will shift and reshape as we grow and learn, continually creating opportunity for deeper insight into what works for us and what is in need of a change.
Living authentically asks us to think about how our life would play out if societal pressure and expectation didn’t influence our choices and/or how we would maneuver day to day if fear was not an option. By awakening to authentic acts and action in our day to day living, we create space to consider what may need to be added or adjusted. Doing so allows us to fully embrace opportunities that invite us to live in a way that offers a sense of pleasure, appreciation and peace.
Call to Action
One’s involvement and interaction with others is essential in sustaining a path of transformation and growth. By stepping outside of ourselves and being of service to others we begin to cultivate a sense of belonging and purpose. Actively showing up for others is how our process and practices of change come to life and reveal solid and sincere shifts in our daily living.