I have often heard in yoga classes that the transition between poses is actually the most important element of the physical practice: it's not where you have been or where you will end up in the next pose, but the attention and focus you give to the space between them. That transition - what you do with it and how you find calmness in change - can be so informative. After all, balance doesn't happen when we are perfectly still; it happens when we can maintain centeredness within while everything else changes.
This has never made more sense to me than in the last few months as I've found myself in the middle of many substantial life changes: immigrating to a new country, getting married, settling into a Manhattan apartment, adopting a dog, changing careers...
While it has been a lot all to absorb all at once, I feel like this period of flux has allowed me to find my true self: the pieces of me that have not been swallowed up by New York, the passion I have for the causes I believe in, the relationships that are most important to me -- those are what remain constant. Those are my balance. Those are the things I've actively paid attention to during the transition between 'poses'.
These times of transition - big or small - can also point us to new things that we'd never considered exploring. I find myself now embarking on a new career, one that is far removed from my theatre degree and my Equity stage manager card. What I have discovered is a sense of calm and happiness that a headset and a clipboard never truly gave me. I have found that the thing that really speaks to my soul is wellness -- of all kinds. I couldn't be more thrilled to have chosen to veer off the path I thought I was supposed to be on... but it took embracing a big change to get me to this place. I am thankful for the beautiful people in my life who have supported me (because of course, this affects them, too!), but I am choosing to see that the outcome of all of this shifting and reorganizing will be absolutely positive and open up new doors, new transitions.
Finding balance while everything shifts can be truly terrifying: but finding the potential when you come out the other side can be truly rewarding.
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