Life after the birth of my daughter is the same and also totally unrecognizable. Everything is just as I left it—my work, my practice, my home, my relationships—and yet my experience of it all is radically different. I have no idea what I’m doing, and I feel a little like a tourist in my own life.
Change is awkward—we're not who we were, but we're not quite who we're becoming. It's frustrating to feel unsettled and unclear. The good news is we can use our meditation practice to navigate the growing pains of transition.
Meditation gives us the opportunity to sit with change in real time. How? Because change is happening all the time. The truth is, if we sit with anything long enough, we will inevitably watch it shape shift right before our eyes.
The practice of observing this truth cultivates a certain flexibility. We’re less inclined to identify with our thoughts if we understand their inherent impermanence. When we witness something seemingly permanent evolve, we recognize that who we were yesterday doesn’t necessarily determine who we are becoming.
Meditation invites us to sit in the space between where we’ve been and where we are going. Most importantly, it helps us better tolerate the awkwardness of change. This practice has been an invaluable tool for me as I face the groundlessness of my transition into motherhood. My whole world has changed, but more importantly, I’ve changed. I’m grateful to my meditation practice for helping me cultivate patience for myself as my journey unfolds.
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