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Being ‘All There’ When You Are ‘In Between’

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about transitions. Primarily, how I show up in the “in-between” moments.

What do you do when you’re waiting in the grocery store line? Peruse the magazines, scroll through your phone, or stare impatiently at the process ahead of you? What would happen if you used those in-between moments to take a deep breath, notice the life happening around you, and chose to just be?

Not looking at a phone, not mentally going through a to-do list, but to just BE. It’s possible to let Being itself be the activity in these moments. In doing so, you have the opportunity to change your experience.

I find that when I do this, it’s as if I have more time in my day. When I spend my transitions engrossed in the future or mindlessly filling up space, I am effectively wishing away the present moment. This comes up for me around my toddler. She’s getting better at entertaining herself, so every once in a while I find myself not having to “mom” for a moment.

When I choose to breathe deeply, observe her play, and take in the present moment, I am usually filled with gratitude for that pause. When I immediately grab my phone and start looking for ways to be productive, that moment is lost. Her next toddler-y demand seems to happen more quickly, as does my frustration with the interruption to my so-called productivity.

My physical yoga practice shifts as well, when attention is given to transitions. When I let the moments in between poses be as important as the poses themselves, I can access a sort of continuity that helps my attention to stay focused.

The 10 minutes before class, when I’m waiting for the practice to start can be an opportunity to deepen my breath, be still, or generously listen to the person beside me sharing about their day.

The gathering up of my stuff and leaving the studio after practicing, becomes a mindful experience of how the practice has shifted my energy instead of a rush to do the next thing.

In any in-between moment is an opportunity to add more to our lives, not by doing more but by being more ALL THERE.

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