Exercise: Bring awareness to transitions between spaces, when you leave one kind of space and enter another. Before you walk through a door, pause, even for a second, and take one breath. Be aware of the differences you might feel in each new space you enter.
I love the metaphor of the threshold being the place in the middle; the space between where you have been and where you are going. That life is a constant movement from one threshold to another.
Spaces themselves hold a sense of energy. When I walk through the door at City Yoga, I notice the beauty of the space, the colors of the room and the fresh flowers that are always at the desk. It feels inviting to me, full of people inside chatting and laughing, just leaving class or waiting to go in.
In contrast, I go to work. Opening the door, I am greeted by a cold blast of air conditioning and walls and carpet of neutral grays and beiges. The slight hum of the noise canceling sound machine is always present in the background. The energy of this space feels very different. My energy here feels very different. My mood is quieter, more introspective, contemplating what I need to do for the day and how I will work through my task list.
I don’t want to paint the picture that one is good and one is bad. There is a reason for the design of both spaces. While a contrast, both have their place. In both places, I stay present with the breath, watching what arises in me from the inside.