Everyone knows the old saying, “when one door closes a new one opens,” but we rarely talk about that time between, waiting for the new door to open. That hallway is a place where something already ended and you are waiting for what happens next. It could be ending a job or relationship, the death of a loved one or the time period after a permanent change or crisis.  Some of these doors we close ourselves; others are slammed on us with no warning.  In either case, life as we know it has ended and we are not sure what is coming next.

Sometimes we can’t even see the doorway out, but this can be a time of growth and transformation; it can become a launching pad for letting go of the good for something better. We are all in a time of our lives where transition is inevitable. How can we navigate these changes? What works for me is to get out of my head and into my body.  I recommend going for a walk, stretching on your yoga mat, doing any activity in which you can be totally focused and in the moment.  No matter how a door became closed, the work of the hallway is an inside job and the next door to open is within your creative power.

When the dark night comes upon you—not if it will, but when it does—it’s part of your soul’s curriculum. Something will happen that you didn’t want to have happen. The first thing you do is everything you can do to try to make it go away. When you discover your personal power is not big enough to make it go away, if you surrender to it … a strange feeling will come over you that you don’t want it to end too soon, because you really do want everything it came to give you.

—Mary Morrissey

I am grateful to be part of the Gentle Yogis community. Thank you for being a part of my journey and allowing me to be a part of yours. May you find peace in the hallway.

With love and gratitude,



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