Change and Transitions

Tiina Kivinen Blog

Welcome Fall, the season of coloured trees and cozy sweaters. Change is all around us. A time to reflect on the cycles of nature, and letting go. A time of transition.

Lately I have been meditating a lot on transitions. In the busy pace of life, how I transition from sleeping to wakefulness, the transitions from one part of the day to another, maybe with little time to get from one yoga class to the next. How do we make these transitions with ease and peace?  When you are relaxing in the sweetness of savasana at the end of your yoga practice, you roll to one side, sit up holding the peace within and then eventually you have to leave the practice space and transition back to work, home, kids, traffic, responsibilities and everyday demands.

How about the transition from one yoga pose to the next? When I am in a backbend such as Ustrasana, the Camel, if I quickly come out without mindfulness, I feel light-headed and ungrounded, whereas if I arise with the core strong, slow and with awareness, I can then move into the next pose feeling fully what is present, rather then rushing through it all and missing the full feeling and effect.

And then there are the big transitions. Being laid off work. Having a baby. Getting divorced. An injury or illness. Moving to a new place, or a new career. Kids move out of the house. Saying goodbye to a loved one.

In yoga class I call it an ‘awareness pause’. Moments of integration. Pausing and absorbing the full feeling and experience. Sometimes we need to give ourselves extra space for the transitions in our lives, to intentionally pause and tune in to the present. Take time and space to fully experience change and give it lots of room to breathe, and to be.

I invite you to consider transition in your life, and take lots of deep breaths when things are changing. Trust and move forward without rushing. Absorb the moment, and open up to it, with gratitude. These moments are precious, we must cherish them.