"When change comes, you gotta slow down and take note of it.
In the midst of that change is all the possibility in the world.”
~ Bertice Berry
Moments of Transition
Please. Be patient with me today. 😉
I have some thoughts around what I want to write, but these thoughts are more like feelings. And these feelings have not yet found their way into fully developed thoughts. So, thank you for being here with me and helping me sort through. 🥰
I’ve been thinking a lot about transitions and liminal spaces.
Our household experienced a major transition this week: Mike returned to school Monday morning. This shifts everything about his daily routine, but it also has sizable impact for both me and Javi.
And, we’ve had the privilege of hosting our friends from Park City as they launch their youngest son into his Freshman year at Hope College. Alongside becoming empty nesters, they have also sold their home and are contemplating all sorts of options for this next chapter. It’s exciting to witness their journey as they dream, debate, plan, and problem solve. I am not-so-secretly rooting for west Michigan to become a larger part of their plan. 😍
I also know that these periods of big transition, these liminal spaces in between phases of life, can be . . . frightening! Uncomfortable. And stressful.
In my classes, I’ve been paying particular attention to the transition moments that happen on the mat. In a practice with a lot of flow, some of these transitions ADD challenge. Because let’s be honest, busting out a bunch of chaturanga dandasana? Not exactly easy.
Nor, necessary. 😉
The other day on the deck at Lakeshore, after doing some work in seat, I simply asked people to take their time standing up. That’s it. A transition without any stress, or challenge, or time pressure. People giggled. Relaxed. Enjoyed the view as they came up. And then, we allowed ourselves to arrive in Tadasana. Often characterized as a “basic” yoga pose, Tadasana, or Mountain Pose, is anything but basic. It embodies beautiful alignment as we reach the summit and arrive at our peak. We have clarity and expansiveness out in front of us for our pathway forward. And, guess what? We didn’t have to struggle to get there.
How lovely. 😍
During this time of transition, I am going to try and remember . . . not every transition has to be strength building. I don’t always have to power through in order to reach the next stage. Sometimes, maybe I could simply pause. And giggle. And take my time reaching the new phase, enjoying the journey all along the way?
I love learning on the mat and transferring that knowing into my daily life. That’s what yoga is. Being in union with our breath, our body, and our moment-by-moment journey through life.
Thanks for being patient with me and gifting yourself a moment of pause, 🏽