Terminology[ edit ] Coined by psychology professor Jeffrey Arnett, emerging adulthood has been known variously as "transition age youth",   "delayed adulthood",  "extended adolescence", "youthhood",  "adultolescence",  and "the twixter years".
Does your desire to make changes in your life come from wholesome motivation or unresolved issues? Sitting at my desk on a late afternoon in September, I watch the sunlight as it bounces off the leaves of the trees in front of my window, cascades down the serpentine steps leading to my office, and merges with the shade on the roof of the house next door against the backdrop of a clear blue sky.
Between now and the end of the year, I will go through a similar experience each day as though the light were somehow part of me, yet outside me, the way a breeze feels on the face or the way water feels against the skin when sinking into a warm bath.
The changing pattern of the light reflects the cycle of the seasons and reminds us of the preciousness of our own time.
You may, as many do, feel a personal response to the fading light, experiencing it as a call for endings and the need for new beginnings.
Do you find yourself resolving to make major changes in your work, your home life, or in yourself as the winter solstice approaches?
Most people do, although they may not be conscious of doing so. Sometimes these reassessments are merely daydreams or just banal musings, but other times, they are your inner voice speaking and attention should be paid. If you watch closely, you may discover that your own life is part of this seasonal pattern of endings and beginnings.
In early fall, you externally focus on finishing up tasks with a burst of energy, followed by delving into your internal experience as the days get shorter and the darkness lasts longer.
This pattern mirrors that of other living creatures on Earth as they prepare for winter and then hibernate until the warmth returns, reflecting the cycle of the Earth itself around the sun. It is our weak attempt to acknowledge this seasonal pattern and to consciously participate in its natural rhythm.
So how can you honor and work with this arising desire to make changes in your life that occurs this time of year? Yet you must find a way to consciously and skillfully participate in allowing the new to emerge.
Bookstores are full of books whose authors want to tell you how to do this, from the most sacred aspects of your life to the mundane. These books promise to help you find a spiritual direction, shape up your body, get a new job, and overcome your shortcomings as a lover, parent, and friend.
Some of these books are really quite useful. But there is another, more fundamental perspective based on the teachings of the Buddha that can help you directly explore the feelings that arise within you and understand why you want to alter some aspect of your life.
Think of it as the Dharma of life changes—the practice of bringing mindfulness to the longings and impulses that lead you to make major life changes. Mindfulness provides a method for consciously and skillfully working with the complexity of moving in new directions in your life.
The mindfulness approach to change assumes that your most important work is to move towards freedom from your inner afflictions.
You use it to avoid grasping after goals or alternatives that simply substitute one unhealthy situation for another.- In my life, I have been exposed to a challenge called change. Change can occur in many different ways and is dealt with in many different ways. I have come to the awareness that change can be the deepest of all things.
Sep 04, · People you have met during your life that have changed your path and shaped your life. When I think of this section of my events list, I have plenty of people that have made a difference in my life and I carry some part of them with me. How many times have you made major changes in your life?
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Quickly scan the list below and watch for any life changes that grab your attention in some way. If you are open and receptive, your intuition will flag items that deserve your attention.
Note the life changes that 'resonate' with you, then logically pick out the top 7 for further exploration. Emotions Being human is an emotional experience – we all have our moments of happiness, sadness, anger, depression, anxiety and a host of others feelings.
How do we deal with those emotions?