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Fall is Here: A Time for Change

I’m writing this on the first day of autumn and the timing feels perfect. It’s feeling like fall in Charleston, meaning the air is a little crisp and the mornings are chilly, but the sun still comes out and welcomes the 70 degree weather by noon.

I taught a yoga class earlier today and spoke to this feeling of change. How unavoidable it is, how uncomfortable it can be, and at the same time - how magical it is. There’s something about the environment around us shedding layers, looking and feeling different, that gives us this sense of transition internally. And often, whether it’s a job, a relationship, or something more subtle energetically, this transition brings us into a place we’re meant to be.

Recently, I left a yoga studio that I’ve been at since I first moved to Charleston in the fall of 2021. A lot has changed since then: I got married, I got another dog, I moved out to the country and have 2 acres of land and a historic home to take care of. All the while, I’ve grown and have felt stuck as a yoga teacher and a student. The hard part about change is leaving your comfort zone. But if you think about it, your comfort zone is the hardest place you can stay because you’ll feel more uncomfortable if you stay somewhere you’ve outgrown.

Change is inevitable. It can be avoided or pushed off, but it’s always waiting for us. As evolving human beings, we need change. Instead of seeing change as something that can be uncomfortable and create unease, think of it as a vehicle to get you where you want to go. If you want to get stronger, you need to do the reps. If you want to get more flexible, you need to stay in the stretch. If you want to gain knowledge, you need to do the research. Nothing comes to you without effort and hard work, but how incredible is it that you have the opportunity to put that work in?

Being able to experience change is a privilege. Take a moment to recognize where you are. Know that the version of you that exists here today is here because you had to endure change and transition to get here. Can you take a moment and envision where you want to go? And know that in a sense, you are already there.

Something to sit with or journal about…

  • What is changing in your life right now? Big or small, one thing or five things, really think about what is changing right now

  • What’s no longer needed in this new season?

  • When you think of the version of yourself you’re stepping into, what isn’t there that’s in your life currently?

  • What does your daily life look like at the end of this transitional time?

  • What steps do you need to take to get to where you want to be? Think of daily steps, weekly tasks, biweekly check ins, or something once a month that will get the ball rolling

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