Transitions – Easing Out and In
Today I am reflecting on transitions. There are two parts to this reflection: dealing with disruptions or changes in short-term activity and shifting more fundamentally – letting go and moving on.
Disruptions are something which I find can be quite jarring. The first time I worked with this physically I did a simple walking exercise… moving around the room in one direction a few times and then turning around and walking again in the other direction. The sensation of the shift in my body was quite an “aha”!
I have come to realise that the more present and relaxed I am and the more freely my breath is flowing, the easier I find the transition; and even so, I feel the physical impact of an abrupt change which in turn has an emotional and mental impact too.
I have observed a number people in my life who seem to move between activities and deal with disruptions with ease and similarly find their way back to what they were doing. Perhaps this is simply my perception, but if it is true, I would like to learn from them. I recognise that I have made significant progress in this over the years, letting go of some rigidity and becoming more flexible and adaptable and there is still more I would like to shift.
Playing with change
During a recent Nia training experience, I had the opportunity to play with noticing the change in movement (as the instructor changed the step), while staying with my current movement, and then gently shifting into the new movement.
I noticed just how much it took for me to first stay present to my current step while the instructor moved on to the new sequence and then to let go and shift to the new step. It was really helpful to slow this down and observe the physical sensation of settling into a movement and then making the shift, as well as the emotions and thoughts that arose in me.
I am curious about the impact long-term too – in significant changes in my life and desired shifts in my way of being. I realise that I sometimes stay in situations or with activities long after I know that it’s time to move on or to take another step or conversely haphazardly move, taking more and more steps, without staying and letting each step settle before moving to the next.
As my awareness grows, I can better acknowledge the significance of change and be gentle with myself, allowing myself to dance through the transitions, easing into each step and working through the emotions and thoughts. This helps to reduce the stress and stop beating myself up about what I have not managed to shift.
I continue to play with noting the desired change, staying with what I am doing, anticipating what it will take to shift and then starting to transition, bit by bit.
Looking back, I realise that this is how I have made many significant changes, in baby steps, in my life. Now I am bringing a new layer of awareness.