How To Leave Your Job Peacefully; Lessons From The Practice Of Yoga – Forbes

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Each of us reaches that stage in our careers when we ponder leaving our current job and taking on a new role in a different company. Fear that leaving our job may create conflict or stress with our current employer and colleagues we hold ourselves back from making a needed job change.

However, leaving your job doesnt have to create further stress when you apply some lessons from the practice of yoga. I interviewed Desi Bartlett, a health and wellness instructor, education provider, speaker, inventor, and author, about how to leave your job peacefully.

Q: How can meditation help you know when it is time to leave your job?

Desi: In the practice of yoga, we learn to take time in meditation to hear the inner guru. This means we take a few minutes each day to quiet all of the outside voices and hear our inner voice. Sometimes when we are very quiet and the mind is still, there is a clear message about our path. This is the part of you that knows your hopes and dreams and will gently steer you in the direction that helps you realize your full potential.

Q: How does the physical practice of yoga help with the transition?

Desi: Practicing yoga can be a wonderful stress release. In the physical practice of yoga, we learn about the importance of transitions. The physical transitions from shape to shape are a powerful metaphor for how we exit the old and enter the new. If we are mindful of our choices and our actions, there is a sense of confidence and fluidity.

When we are not mindful of how we exit a relationship with an employer, there is the potential for loss or misunderstanding. Transitioning out of a job and into a new life path is a great opportunity to put practice into action and make sure that each action is done with clarity and respect for yourself and your employer.

Q: What if you like your job and arent sure if you should give up something good for something that might be great?

Desi: We have all had relationships that we knew it was time to transition out of, but the fear of not finding someone or something great held us back from leaving. When we stay in a relationship that has run its course, there tends to be a sense of stagnation. The relationship might feel comfortable for a while, but the inevitable

is unavoidable. There is something to be said for finishing strong, and exiting while you are still standing in your power. Keeping that in mind can help you leave a job you may like for something waiting in the wings that you will love

Q: What are your five best tips for transitioning out of your job?


Q: Is there anything else to remember for transitioning out of your job in a peaceful way?

Desi: Yes. Make sure you have money saved if you are leaving your current job and dont yet have a new job in place. Following your heart is admirable and important but so is being able to pay your rent or mortgage. Striking a healthy balance between the emotional and material worlds can help set you up for success.

A Peaceful Approach is a Successful Approach

As Desi explained, when you take a peaceful approach to such a major life event, it can reduce the conflict and anxiety that you might have otherwise felt. Taking a mindful approach, practicing yoga, focusing on the positive aspects of that job, and participating in calming activities provide a way to clear your mind and settle your nerves. As a result, you can leave your job on good terms and pave the way for future opportunities.

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