Transitions are such an integral part of our lives- yet it's something that goes unnoticed. We are creatures that get caught up in the big picture- we like to arriving at our destinations without even thinking about what the trip was like.
Somehow in the chaos of modern life we have forgotten the graceful act of pausing, slowing down, and transitioning with ease instead of remaining in constant states of dis-ease. A story from elite fashion model turned yoga teacher, Collen Saidman captures our struggle with transition...
For me, this story resonated. Not because I've had the pleasure of a loving Iyengar slap on the back, but because I can see how too often I transition quickly and mindlessly. I think in our modern society, almost all of us do. We have our technologies we can use at crutches to keep us distracted and disengaged. It becomes automatic for us to react quickly and mindlessly that we almost NEVER slow down and really absorb the moment. We are all in such a hurry, but for what?
"You never let anything settle in." Hmm. This seems to strike a cord as well. It's not that I do not want things to settle in, but I can say from my experience that whenever I'm not fully present that things don't sink in. Fear of failure leads me to believe I must do a million things at once in order to compete. Then I'm only doing them with half attention and that's really when the failure starts. There has to be a moment of overcoming doubt before we can really embrace whatever it is life presents us. I have come to find that transitioning with grace and ease is about releasing attachment to what was or what could be and embracing what is. Collen went on to say in her article:
If we sleep through the transitions, we will spend most of our life asleep. It is funny how fast we can transition from savasana to road rage, from chanting lokah samasta sukinoh bhavantu to gossiping. Can we all hit the pause button and tune in during these precious in-between moments? These are practice for the maha transitions.
The maha transitions can be anything from marriage, to divorce, to menopause, to losing a loved one, to children leaving the house, to retirement, to becoming a mother and then a grandmother, to our own death. The list goes on. How can we transition with grace? How can we dwell mindfully in the residue? How can we use the in-between times to focus on our breath? How can we show up for our life instead of just speeding through it?
For me, time on my mat is a wonderful opportunity to explore and to observe the way I transition. I can notice my patterns of rushing through certain poses and dwelling on others- and then that is reflected in my life of speeding through certain moments and longing for others. So I continue to show up, to practice and work on ways to transition not only through yoga, but also through life with ease.
Have any ideas of how you plan to work on transitioning with ease? Comment below.
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