Last month I taught yoga at an event called Rooting in Transition. It was a celebration of National Yoga Month along with the changing of the seasons. We did a hike to Topanga Lookout on a Sunday morning. On the platform overlooking the mountains, we set up mats and I lead a yoga practice. Then Cecily Breeding lead us through a discussion about transitions. My friends at lululemon Topanga and Calabasas pulled everything together and it was one of the coolest teaching experiences I have ever had. In addition to the amazing beauty of the location, the conversation we had was really lovely.
As we move into the end of the year, there are a lot of shifts. The days get shorter, the weather changes, many of us have schedule changes, and the holidays seem like they are right around the corner. Cecily talked about how during transitions there are high points (Roses), low points (Thorns), and the mid points (Buds). I like this way of thinking about things. As we head into the holiday season, all of us probably have things that we look forward to, things that we dread, and all the things in between.
For me, the high points of the fall and winter are the changing weather and the delicious seasonal foods. The crisp morning air. Cool evening walks. Warming, comforting soups. Baking delicious treats.
The low point for me is the stress of buying countless gifts and wondering if they will even be used. Having to go shopping in the crowded stores. The spirit of giving being overshadowed by the higher credit card balance.
The buds are the things I’m building this year. Since my kids are so little, we get to start new traditions with them. It’s the first year that my daughter (sort of) understands Halloween and I can’t wait to take her Trick-or-Treating. We’re also taking a family trip to Asheville at Christmas time. I love the idea of sharing experiences as our gift to each other, rather than physical presents. Hopefully it will be a tradition we can continue as the kids grow up.
What are your Roses, Thorns, and Buds? How do you celebrate these transitions?