One of my favorite things about teaching vinyasa yoga is designing the class sequence. I love being led through a practice in which we flow from one pose into the next so fluidly that each movement feels like a logical extension of the last. In my attempt to create the same experience for my students, I spend a lot of time thinking about transitions.
Off the mat, regrettably, I can't say the same thing. In my desire to be as efficient as possible (despite ongoing attempts to the contrary), I end up trying to accomplish as many things as possible while moving from one thing to the next. Walks to the playground or grocery store end up being used to plan meals or think through our weekend schedule rather than pointing out things for the babe to notice or simply enjoying the bright colors of the spring flowers.
En route to a playdate last week, I caught myself mapping out a sequence for the class I was teaching the following day. While considering how to guide students through a potentially tricky transition, I was struck by the irony: I was paying absolutely no attention to this "transition" from home to our destination. Feeling convicted, I set aside my planning and began using the time to sing to and laugh with my daughter.
What might it look like for you to be more mindful about your transitions? Can you treat the in-between moments as a chance to be present rather than an opportunity to be productive?