Welcome the Challenge of Transition
Dropped into this time warp that is Iona, one quickly forgets the date or time of day, all the while becoming wonderfully fuzzy-headed–a good thing as I am always too much in my brain.
I see this initial day as a transition–a time in between the past and the future with no particular goal of destination in mind. The linear life is gone for the time being and random activity becomes the rule of the day. The mere unpacking of my clothes and re-arranging the hotel room helps me adjust to this time out of time experience which I am about to embrace.
I have long believed in the importance of transitions–ever since my boys went to college and returned home different each time, I would be forced into a different rhythm if I were to interact with them and truly connect. The same would also be true after my husband returned from a business trip–although he came back to the same house, what he and I had experienced during the separation always took some adjusting to,once back together.
And so today, I do the only thing I know to do in such pause times and that is to get out into my surroundings and let the natural world buoy me with its instructions. I lace up my hiking boots, fetch my walking stick and head out. Observers might say I look like a moonwalker as I can only seem to meander–no stiff trek today–the veil between the real world and the spirit world of Iona is very thin which seems to create an energy shift–a slowing down–a chance to connect to spirit.
I head north, known for its healing properties. Having brought a lot of baggage with me, I intend to take the cleanse by dipping my feet in the water to rid myself of the footprints from the past. Once that is accomplished I will look for some beach glass–often found on the north beach and pocket a piece or two reminding me that I was once part of a whole. Now, broken off from others and having been tossed and turned, I have emerged misshapen for sure, but with soft edges. My day is full of promise!
Questions to Ponder: If you have been following this blog so far,these are the steps I have led you to follow. If you have not been able to dedicate yourself to each step of the process, take time now to reflect upon how each step could benefit you and then try to find the time to work on one or more . So far you have been made aware of:
Answering the Call
Becoming a Pilgrim
Relishing the Path
Surrendering to Serendipity
Welcoming the Challenge of Transition
Contemplate what transitions you have experienced in the past year and how well (or not) you’ve handled the challenges that come with change.