In yoga, transitions are the part of the practice that keeps the movement fluid.
In real life, transitions are the stuff that makes up our day to day — the journey.
So what happens when we get so laser focused on the destination that we lose touch with the transition?
We get short-changed out of experience.
The music doc 20 Feet from Stardom highlights the lives of several back up singers, many of whom we can’t name because they never quite made it into the spotlight. In an interview with Sting, he spoke about the spiritual aspect of making music, and how he didn’t understand the winners of American Idol (or The Voice, or X Factor etc…) who just jump into stardom without experiencing any of the spiritual stuff that comes from years in the making.
He’s talking about the journey.
Merry Clayton (who sang on Gimme Shelter with The Rolling Stones) said, I felt like if I just gave my heart to what I was doing, I would automatically be a star.
But it didn’t work out like that. She never arrived where she thought she should go.
So what does that mean? You give your heart to something, but never get to your anticipated destination?
This brings me back to the yoga mat.
If I’m fully present in the transition– heart (+ soul!) committed – I’m not thinking about the pose I’m heading towards.
I’m making the most of the moment. (Or at least practicing this.)
So off the mat, it’s the same.
The transition, or journey is the purpose. It’s where we find meaning.
To embrace change within the consistency is to embrace the unfolding flow. – Anodea Judith