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Ready For The Transition?

As 2011 comes to a close, I sit back and reflect on the past year. For myself and many people I know this has been a year of transitions. Times are changing, and things are shifting. Many of us are sensing this, we just know things are a shiftin’! Do you feel it? 

While transitions can be very exciting, sometimes they’re also full of unforeseen events, trials and sometimes just a little bit plain ol’ scary. But thats what life and transitions are all about sometimes, a blending of excitement and terror right? Yeah, right.......

Sometimes you just have to sit back and look at it all from a perspective of “Well, this is an interesting experience now isn’t it?”  Have a little laugh and not take yourself too seriously. Have you ever done that before? If you haven’t, you ought to try it sometime. 

Try and detach from the emotion of it and look deeper at the lessons coming up. Try seeing it as if from an “outsiders” perspective. This works for transitioning in your food choices really well! Don’t beat yourself up there’s just no reason. Just learn what needs to be learned and move on. Ok? Sounds easier than it really is but with some practice you are able to gain very valuable insight. 

Perhaps you have been feeling like it’s time to make a shift of your own. Perhaps you even know what it is but are nervous about making it. Take the leap! The thing I have come to know as truth in my life is that when things come up, they are gonna KEEP coming up until you start paying attention. And often get bigger....But it’s NOT going away! 

This year I graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition as a Certified Holistic Health Coach. What an amazing experience that was! I can’t believe how much I learned! Not just about food but about how every aspect of our lives is so intricately connected to our health. Our relationships, emotions, careers, spirituality, fitness etc...It’s ALL connected!

As I go though “Member Profiles” on Give it to me Raw, I have noticed that most people are looking for advice on transitioning to raw or a high raw diet so we’re going to talk about it ALL over the next month! As we go into transitions especially with food, lots of emotions come up........So get ready to do some shiftin’! (Big breath, smile!)

During the year at IIN we were given a poem called the Trapeze. This came to me at such a critical time, a time when I knew in my heart I needed to make a massive shift in my life. (Terror) I’ve since shared it with many people and I want to share it with you here. 

Perhaps you are in a transition place in your life, be it your health, career, relationship, spirituality or fitness. I encourage and invite you to take that first step. Dare to believe. Be brave and bold in your actions. Your life is your creation. Think big. Dream awake. Manifest and visualize your perfect life. Listen for the guidance. It’s there in the quiet parts of your day, just waiting for you to hear.  

So as we move into 2012, the year of Shifting, Transitions and Awakenings....Reach for the Trapeze swing knowing you can do and create anything you can dream!

In Love and Health,

The Trapeze

Sometimes, I feel that my life is a series of trapeze swings. I'm either hanging on to a trapeze bar swinging along or, for a few moments, I'm hurdling across space between the trapeze bars. 

Mostly, I spend my time hanging on for dear life to the trapeze bar of the moment. It carries me along a certain steady rate of swing and I have the feeling that I'm in control. I know most of the right questions, and even some of the right answers. But once in a while, as I'm merrily, or not so merrily, swinging along, I look ahead of me into the distance, and what do I see? 

I see another trapeze bar looking at me. It's empty. And I know, in that place in me that knows, that this new bar has my name on it. It is my next step, my growth, my aliveness coming to get me. In my heart-of-hearts I know that for me to grow, I must release my grip on the present well-known bar, to move to the new one. 

Each time it happens, I hope—no, I pray—that I won't have to grab the new one. But in my knowing place, I know that I must totally release my grasp on my old bar, and for some moments in time I must hurtle across space before I can grab the new bar. Each time I do this I am filled with terror. It doesn't matter that in all my previous hurdles I have always made it. 

Each time, I am afraid I will miss, that I will be crushed on unseen rocks in the bottomless basin between the bars. But I do it anyway. I must. 

Perhaps this is the essence of what the mystics call faith. No guarantees, no net, no insurance, but we do it anyway because hanging on to that old bar is no longer an option. And so, for what seems to be an eternity, but actually lasts a microsecond I soar across the dark void called "the past is over, the future is not yet here." It's called a transition. I have come to believe that it is the only place that real change occurs. 

I have noticed that, in our culture, this transition zone is looked upon as a "no-thing," a no-place between places. Sure, the old trapeze bar was real, and as for the new one coming towards me, I hope that's real too. But the void in between? That's just a scary, confusing, disorienting nowhere that must be gotten through as fast and as unconsciously as possible. What a shame! 

I have a sneaking suspicion that the transition zone is the only real thing, and the bars are the illusions we dream up to not notice the void. Yes, with all the fear that can accompany transitions, they are still the most vibrant, growth-filled, passionate moments in our lives. 

And so, transformation of fear may have nothing to do with making fear go away, but rather with giving ourselves permission to "hang out" in the transition zone between the trapeze bars.

Allowing ourselves to dwell in the only place where change really happens. 

It can be terrifying. It can also be enlightening.
Hurdling through the void, we just may learn to fly.