10 Feb Adaptation Disguises Shift
Life means growth. Growth means discomfort. Adaptation is a survival mechanism. Adaptation can marginalize growth because we are constantly doing both. It’s like riding in a car – we think we are at the same speed as the world around us but it is an illusion as we hurtle along at freeway speeds. Your ability to adjust has likely disguised the degree of shift you’ve experienced in life.
Shift is happening on multiple levels and it is happening faster than ever. As we hurtle along with life force energy, our learning curve is being compressed. You might find yourself in any one – or more – of these shifts.
Physical shift: Your body needs an upgrade. You find yourself cultivating new self-care routines. You increase the quality of your food intake and movement.
Environmental shift: Your environment is your external body. Whether you have an urge to declutter, redecorate or move altogether, your environment signals significant shift in your goals, interests and awareness.
Goals shift: Sometimes when you reach a goal, the result is not what you thought it would be… or it is but then you need a new goal. Sometimes the thing you thought you wanted is not what you want anymore and you need a new target for motivation.
Activities shift: Where you invest your time, energy and resources shifts according to your interests, awareness and potential source of happiness.
Relationship shift: As you shift (or need to), your relationships will change accordingly. You may find that you still love people but don’t feel good in their presence. You may recognize the need to move on from a relationship that has become worn or where respect does not prevail. You may want more from your connections.
Paradigm shift: As you trust your instincts and grow your wisdom, your beliefs may no longer hold true. When you expand or change your beliefs, you are adapting the framework by which you perceive the world around you. Paradigms determine perception which determines the quality of your experience.
Consciousness shift: You can think of this as an awakening, an epiphany or a revelation that inspires you to become mindful in new ways. You cannot unlearn what you now know – and you cannot go back to your previous state of awareness.
Dimensional shift: When your consciousness shifts, your personal energy signature changes vibrational frequency. Your relationship with time, other people, your life goals and activities becomes less structured and more fluid. There is an attuned level of knowingness that brings a new sense of peace and contentment.
When you can think back in time over pivotal situations in your life and see how you would do them differently now, you have shifted.
When you had a thought, belief, habit, interest or relationship that no longer feels right or resonant, you have shifted.
When you are suddenly aware of the contrast between where you are and where you want to be, you are shifting.
Shift in any one area and you will experience shift in others. You will also adapt to your new shift because humans are wired to seek stability. When you are in the new normal of your shift, you will feel more aligned and it will seem natural. That is the result of adaptation.
One more point… adaptation to unhealthy, dysfunctional and toxic is also possible. That is a coping mechanism to get you through the difficult time. Do not let your ability to adapt dictate your length in an uncomfortable or not-right situation, relationship or circumstance. Reach for what feels good because that is growth – your prime directive in life.
With shift comes transformation as a dynamic and symbiotic connection point between who you were, who you are and who you choose to be consciously. Adaptation is a gift that makes shift easier; however, do not let it fool you into thinking you didn’t do, create or experience a significant shift. Every shift has consequences. Within those consequences, you are constantly making decisions and course-corrections in the interest of finding happiness by your definition.
In other words, you are always shifting, ever-evolving and adapting in the dance of life force energy creating itself. Give yourself credit – hurtling is harder than it looks.