Tiny Transitions

Post by Jennifer Louden for the Kind Kindred series.

image courtesy of Harry Koopman on Flickr

I’m fascinated by transitions – not the big ones like having a baby, getting a divorce, or starting a business – but the small everyday ones. The moments when one thing ends (putting the kids on the bus, finishing one step on a project, the work day) and the next thing hasn’t begun yet (working on your business plan, going for a walk, seeing your family or roommates).

Our lives are filled with these mini-passages and I’ve noticed these are moments when I can either lose myself to nut crackers and Facebook or to exhaustion by piling one more thing on, or I can pause, take in the good, listen for what’s beckoning now.

I can allow desire and being in a fresh relationship with life steer me – or not.

Here is a video about my tiny experiment to be more mindful and alive in these mini-passages. I am finding these moments are extraordinary teachers, and caveat: I’ve been trying to be more mindful about transitions for many years. What can I say, I’m a slow learner!

Please share what you do in these moments of choice.



Jennifer Louden is a personal growth pioneer who helped launch the self-care movement with her first book, The Woman’s Comfort Book. 
She’s the author of 7 additional books on well-being and whole living and has been teaching retreats and leading workshops since 1992 and creating vibrant on-line communities and innovative learning experiences since 2000. 
Her current course, TeachNow, was created to help teachers – of all subjects, in all settings – thrive. 
Check it out here: www.theteacherspath.com.

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