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Mindful : October 2014
resembla nce to the one that had ended. I’ve found that drea ms can sometimes shed a n interest- ing light on transitions, as archetypal ideas bubble up from deep in the mind. My own new beginning was marked by a dream of encountering a glowing Tokyo Tower standing in hills near where I live. It pulses w ith otherworldly power. Kids wearing black sneakers I’d just purchased in real life walk by. They tell me it takes 20 years to be a success. I touch the tower and power- ful sensations course through my body. I wake up—twenty years older than I was when I was first diagnosed with kidney disease. CONTEMPLATION Sense what enjoyment or being refreshed feels like in the body. What do you know now that you didn’t before? Eventually something sticks. The despair is replaced by a tentative sense of aliveness. Not sure of this sensation, we are suspicious that some- thing could feel fulfilling or enjoyable. We question it. Could this be real? Am I being duped and betrayed? How- ever, a new equilibrium can begin to emerge. There are often confirming events that dampen doubts and signal a new way forward with a sense of resolution, commitment, and possibility. In my case, I won a series of teaching awards reaffirm- ing my love of working with people. In addition, I received a promotion that would allow me to focus on teaching. That set in motion a different life from the one I had before my surgery. I emerged into a new role and lea rned that what I did had value for oth- ers. I received invitations to lecture in Europe a nd Asia. I met a kind and beautiful woman who became my wife. This emerging life bore little Finding Your New Groove It makes me optimistic to see the resilience people have in the face of enormous changes. Through working with people in tra nsition I’ve become a cautious optimist about human possibility. In class, we spend a day listen- ing to each other’s transition stories: what ended? what was let go? what was gained in return? The repeated expo- sure emphasizes that we’ve all been through this before and we can do it again. ● in practice insight 76 mindful October 2014 Discover Sofa University Join a passionate, dynamic learning community that fosters multiple ways of knowing while embracing diverse paths of spiritual practice and development. Sofa University ofers bachelors completion, masters, and doctoral degrees in on-campus and hybrid: online / face to face formats so students can choose what best suits their needs and lifestyles.