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  • 1. 22 Somerset/Middlesex/Hunterdon Co. Edition NaturalAwakeningsCNJ.com Qi Gong for Healing NEW EXPANDED SCHEDULE WEEKLYCLASSES TaiChi&QiGong,on-going SEMINARS* 6-DayQiHealerIntensive 8-DayQiTherapistIntensive BYAPPOINTMENT ClinicalQiGong/Acupuncture Seecalendarlistingsforclass&seminar location,datesandtimes.Detailsat: www.qigongforhealing.com orcallFranMaher&BrianCoffey 67MountainBlvd,Warren 908-647-1563 *acupuncture available Navigating Change Understanding the Four Key Components by Karen Basmagy “A journey of a thousand miles begins beneath one’s feet” – Lao-Tzu, Tao de Ching S ince early evolution through today’s modern age, man has had to tap into his creative spirit when faced with the challenges of life, whether finding creative ways to find and grow food, inventing the wheel, developing cures to disease or learning to fly. All were incredible challenges met with intense desires that eventually became the sparks and catalysts for initiating great change. At some point in time, while navigating our own person- al dilemmas and challenges, we recognize that our extreme emotional or physical discomfort requires us to make some sort of move in one direction or another. The term “cross- roads” is a perfect analogy to where we are mentally at such times. It may also be thought of as the moment where, after much deliberation, we take a “leap of faith.” Before we come to that place, however, we may find ourselves stuck, so unsure of which path to take that we pull back and do nothing at all. It feels safer to not act and keeps us in our comfort zone, tied to the familiar. Though comfort- able, when we try to maintain status quo there is always that underlying gnawing feeling, that inner struggle and discon- tent that tells us that we must make a change. To stay in the familiar is no longer an option if we are to grow. True change is born out of the deep desire for something better, some- thing more. Admittedly, there are times in our life when we must pull back. If our emotions are running high or we are reacting im- pulsively instead of acting with conscious awareness, having the wisdom to pull back and regroup can be a critical and much-needed component to a successful major life change. Successful change occurs when we have a level of awareness about our decisions and can resist acting out of fear, anger or impulsiveness. We acknowledge our fears and anxieties but act with purpose anyway, knowing intui- localarticle
  • 2. 23natural awakenings May 2012 When Seconds Count... A personal emergency response system by Med Alert Services provides peace of mind --- live help is just a push of the button away! • Only $29.95 per month • No other fees • No long term contracts • Locally owned business • Free shipping • Lifetime Warranty • 24/7 monitoring Frank A. DeRosa Life Safety Specialist frank@medalertservices.com www.MedAlertServices.com 866-723-2343 (toll free) 484-515-4683 (cell) tively we will come through this time in our lives with new strengths, experiences and successes. Four Key Components of Successful Change The Crossroads. This is the point in the journey where there is so much tension or pain in the situation we are in that we realize a choice to make a move must be made. It can be wrought with anxiety, confusion, fear and uncertainty. We are standing at the edge. We may seek outside support at this time to help us clarify our decision to change the status quo, or may turn deeply inward and use this time as a period of intense self-reflection. First Steps. We make a move in one direction, but as we start to move down the path we realize there are a million forks in the road. We are still anxious but now it comes from a feeling of being overwhelmed as we realize that there are so many options along the road. We may panic and think about pulling back, but it’s too late. We intuitively know we can’t go back because we realize that, although we feel unsure of ourselves, we may miss something wonderful. Discovery and Exploration. Here is a time when we may find ourselves exploring many paths simultaneously, trying to discern which paths have meaning for us and which are just temporary diversions from what we truly value. It can be a scary yet exhilarating time as we explore new experiences, gain more knowledge and insight and surround ourselves with opportunity and potentiality. Integration of Old and New. This is when it all starts to come together. We have redefined ourselves and understand how to integrate our new and past experiences into who we are right now. We are still ourselves but richer, fuller and wiser. We can look back on our journey and have an aware- ness of the interconnectedness of all our experiences—past and present, good and bad. We also understand that this is just one of many journeys we will take and trust that we can weather each with more wisdom and grace than the one before. Consider the nature of the transition process and how it relates to our personal journey. What challenges are we navigating in life? What knowledge have we gleaned from past experiences? Understanding these four components to successful change will help us gain deeper clarity and insight about how best to move forward. Making decisions consciously and with great awareness is key. Don’t rush the process. Although we like to think the journey will be quick and painless, more often it is not. It’s hard work. We should trust that we are exactly where we need to be along the journey right now. Karen Basmagy, owner of Ripple Effect Coaching, is a professional divorce/life transition coach assisting others in redefining themselves and rebuilding their lives while navigating major life events. For more information, call 908- 894-5300 or visit RippleEffectCoach.net. See ad on page 33.

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