Finding time to move skillfully through transitions requires that we use a variety of time management tools. And happily, moving through transitions is something that often gets easier and easier with mindful practice.
If you step back and think about it, we humans are really in a constant state of transition, as is our environment. Right now the moon is waxing toward fullness, and spring is moving toward summer in the northern hemisphere … while the opposite is occurring in the south. Here in New Hampshire, our gardens are being planted, birds are nesting, and students are graduating into new life stages.
This morning, as thousands of people on the East Coast of the United States get themselves ready to make the daily transition from breakfast tables to work or school, births and deaths are also occurring in lives all around the world. Time holds all of this – the most profound and the most mundane moments – in its flow. I find this so fascinating!
While some transitions are mundane, others are joyful, and some evoke grief. Here are 3 things you can keep in mind for all of them:
- All transitions involve a letting go, and an acceptance of the new. Fighting the flow simply won’t work!
- For transitions that are predictable (like seasonal changes), developing and using templates can be very helpful. You can build on your templates year after year, enhancing your efficiency as well as your ability to appreciate and flow with the transitions you can expect.
- Marking transitions mindfully helps you to feel their importance and deepen your experience of them. When you think about it, every transition is important and worthy of respectful attention. When you honor your transitions you honor yourself and your life.
© Copyright 2010 Paula Eder, Ph.D.