The Mindful Movement posted this meditation on Jan. 2, 2017, with a focus on the new year, but it fits in pretty much any time you might have a new change in your life. The emphasis here is on choice. Circumstances around us frequently change, but we can decide for ourselves when it's time for a change in our lives and how to face it.
Guide Sara Raymond asks us to think of what we want our own story to be a year from now, and to hold that idea in our minds. Then, she brings us on a little "trip." For this trip, we pack our old, bad habits — anything we'd like to remove from our lives — into a backpack, and travel outside in our minds. We pass people and events from our past. In this visualization, it's as if these individuals are congratulating us on moving forward, away from our past.
Finally, as we go down the path and into a new phase of life, we remove the backpack from our backs. The idea is to no longer see all the backpack's contents as baggage, rather as necessary stepping stones in getting to where you are right now. We place the backpack in the river and extend loving-kindness to it as it flows away.
"Everything happens for a reason, and you are exactly where you need to be," Raymond says.