So the unthinkable has happened. Your security has been smashed and you are without a job.
When this happens, it’s easy to jump to conclusions and to forecast the gloomy future – how you will be destitute and penniless and unlovable.
Chances are, things are not as bleak as you think. It is essential to get a glimpse of the real world, rather than the pessimistic world you are most likely inhabiting.
We assume we have to think our way out of life’s ups and downs, when in reality it can be more productive to meditate and let go of the viewpoints that are colouring our circumstances.
Have a seat. Close your eyes.
Notice your physiological response to this change in your life.
How is your breathing? How is your heartbeat? Think less and feel more, without judgment or expectation.
It is common that after a stressful life event, your thoughts will race. Every time you have a thought, bring your awareness to the nature of that thought. Is it related to your future or your past?
If you find it is directed towards your projection of the future, label the thought “future.” If you find yourself ruminating on the circumstances of losing your job, label the thought “past.”
Every time your thoughts bubble up inside of you, label them and return to the breath, focusing on the natural cadence of the breath within the body.
Once you feel more anchored in the present, open your eyes.
With fewer emotionally tinged reactions, it is time to move forward.