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Intentional Change

a pebble skipping across a body of water causes ripples

Julie Brannen, MA, LCPC, R-DMT, GL-CMA

Intentional Adaptation is the heart of Emergent Strategy by Octavia Butler Scholar and social justice leader Adrienne Maree Brown. 

How we live and grow and stay purposeful in the face of constant change does determine both the quality of our lives and the impact that we can have when we move into action together. Many of us respond to change with fear or see it as a crisis.

It’s no surprise that this past year has been both an extreme case of constant change and crisis on multiple levels. As we near the pandemic’s year marker, I am sitting with this notion of intentional adaption.

I am not a fan of the belief that “everything happens for a reason” because it can bypass the stress response experience and feel a little gaslight-y to those who are affected the most by what’s happening.

The more I age, the more I see that my ability to adapt can either feel reactionary or purposeful. Do things happen randomly? I think so. Is there also a divine plan? Yes. Both are possible.

What if empathy and intention played a crucial role in each of our daily choices? What if moving forward began with stillness? How can we align and organize from a place of collaborative care?

So, we must take a sacred pause, breathe, and be with the fear of the unknown. 

Nine ways to pause and reflect:

  1. Time away from the “Daily grind and work” 
  2. Permission to not be helpful 
  3. Something “unproductive”
  4. Connecting to art + nature 
  5. Solitude to recharge 
  6. Break from responsibilities (even if it’s just 20 minutes) 
  7. Stillness to decompress 
  8. Create a safe space 
  9. Alone time at home 

The changes we excavate personally will indeed ripple out into our circles. Be gentle, be kind. None of us have been here before!

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