Well into her eighties, my friend’s grandmother used to remark, “Old age is creeping up!” Transition can be like that: it sneaks up when you’re not paying attention. This week’s podcast is for those of us experiencing transition, whether it’s sneaky or sudden. So let’s focus on ways to ease the transitions in your life, no matter how large or small, and help you get more Self energy.
We’ve all heard of the Mondays, but do you ever get a case of the Sundays? Tiny transitions make themselves known through many small things: the smell of fall in the air and the shorter days of light, the children starting back at school, the temperatures dropping, or the last few hours of free time on a Sunday night. None of these are dramatic changes and yet sometimes they seem to grab you in the gut or around the throat. That’s the sensation I refer to as “the Sundays.”
We have generic names for these clusters of feelings. We label them and shove them to the side, hoping that they will pass. Those feelings might include:
- Low mood
- A lack of joy or energy
Transition time can leave us feeling cornered in a place of extreme reactions, which then become our focus. While some people seem to navigate transitions effortlessly, others like me feel the change of weekend to week, or vacation to work, or summer time to fall in stronger ways. Use this week’s podcast as your Self emergency kit for dealing with times of transition.
“What an odd, ruminating, noisy, self-interrupting conversation we conduct with ourselves from birth to death.”
-Diane Ackerman, An Alchemy of Mind: The Marvel and Mystery of the Brain