What is a Transition Really?

And why can it help to be more aware of them?

A transition is to be mindful of what we are doing and how we are doing it as we move from one life experience to the next – be it one class to the next, one self care movement break to the next, one conversation, one grade level, one errand to the next, and even one relationship to the next.

Our days and lives are full of transitions. We wake up and get out of bed – that’s a transition. We leave our home to go to work or school – that is a transition. During school or work, we take a break and have lunch – that is a transition. A relationship ends or someone we love dies– that is a transition. Transitions can last a few seconds, a few moments, or a few years. Some are minor, some are major, and all are important to acknowledge, feel, and experience.

When we impatiently rush through the moments of our lives without acknowledging the transition of what is happening around us or within us, we don’t fully see, hear, feel, and absorb what is directly in front of us and we tend to overlook a lot of simple and meaningful moments that can occur in everyday life experiences. We can stuff or deny our feelings with a blur of busyness and as a result we are missing many of the limited moments of our one precious life – moments that can contain meaning, connection, healing, and love.

If we can expand our view, even just a bit, and give ourselves permission to pause, slow down, breathe, feel, and notice the moments of our lives as they unfold, we can experience greater fulfillment, joy, love, and patience for ourselves and others.

By practicing this skill of transitioning with awareness, we realize that we do have a choice in how we react to each situation, we give ourselves permission to feel what we are feeling without getting absorbed by and lost in those feelings, and we realize that our choices, words, and actions can affect our health, our relationships, and how we live, learn, and lead.

Give Yourself Permission to Pause and Breathe with The Transition Breath

The Transition Breath is a simple self care skill you can engage as a way to help you transition with greater awareness and give yourself permission to pause, breathe and feel.

By integrating the Transition Breath into our lives, we begin to build the healing habits of releasing stress, soothing our nervous system, slowing down and focusing our racing thoughts, and connecting with this one moment of life, and those around us.

Here are a few examples to integrate mindful transitions into your life.

  • As you arrive home, instead of hurriedly gathering your things and rushing into the house and on to what is next, shut the car off, sit back in your seat, close or halfway close your eyes and take one or two long, slow, easy breaths and relax your shoulders. Then, a bit more slowly and mindfully, transition into your home.
  • As you sit to eat a meal, pause for a few seconds, adjust your posture, take a long slow breath or two, and then eat just a little more slowly. This simple pause can allow you to release rush-mode and some of the stress of the day, and help you bring your awareness into the present moment so you have a greater awareness of your food, your body, and what your body needs in that moment to make healing choices in the food on your plate.
  • Be aware of how you are reacting in stressful situations by noticing what you are feeling; and then pause for a long, slow breath before responding to help you react more from a place of calmness and clarity.
  • Intentionally pause what you are doing, look up at the sky or something else in nature, take a long, slow breath; and then refocus your thoughts on the task at hand from a more focused, calm, and positive place.

Bringing The Body, Mind, Breath Connection into our lives – being aware of our movements, our thoughts, our breathing, and our feelings – can help us transition with awareness by focusing on this one moment of life, and practicing patience in all that we do. This gives us the ability to more fully see, hear, and feel what is directly in front of us and within us from a place of deeper presence, compassion, and connection with ourselves, others, and our surroundings.

Give yourself permission to try one or two and let me know in the comments below how it goes.