Noticing changes and transitions
Everything is changing all of the time.
Notice the changes.
Seasons are changing, one into another every moment of every day. We don’t usually notice the small transitions leading into a new season, until it has become very obvious – we know it’s winter when the snow falls.
Calendars and clocks track time. Tracking time is a way to track change. Over reliance on devices that track time weakens our ability to notice change. This is similar to how our over reliance on calculators weakens our ability to “do math” in our head.
It’s important to notice when we are moving toward balance or away from it. Ideally, it is best to catch the transition away from balance as early as possible, so that we can take action to avoid a bigger manifestation of imbalance. It’s easier to return to balance from a small deviation versus a larger one.
Observation is a key ability for traditional healthcare practitioners who rely on their knowledge of subtle change, rather than technological evaluation tools. Like any muscle that gets stronger with use, observation skills get stronger with practice. Challenge yourself to observe changes and transitions more closely. Notice the angle of the sun in the sky rather than your clock, feel the quality of the air, or notice what the birds are doing. What is changing as this season moves toward the next?