I’m in the neutral zone. That’s William Bridge’s term for the second phase of transition. I’m tired, confused, lethargic, and tasks that used to be simple seem complex and effortful. It hardly feels neutral in the neutral zone.
Fortunately, I’m aware that this stage of transition requires self-care and reflection. Even though my days seem less productive than they might otherwise, I know my soul is doing some important work to recreate my life and that this phase will open up into a thrilling new beginning. Knowing that and having some practices I can rely on every day will get me through this stage with grace. Spending time in my cocoon now will serve me well.
Mary Mackenzie and I were recently in Hiawatha, IA, facilitating our “Meeting Life Transitions: Rediscover the Spark Within” workshop. I was so moved by the roomful of people that arrived as strangers, but by the end of the first night were offering each other compassionate presence as they courageously shared transitions around life, death, health, work, identity, relationships, and families. We don’t have to go through these transitions alone or without guidance. There is a flow to life that we can shape and participate in.
If you’d like to explore how to navigate life transitions in a beautiful part of the world with supportive community, join Mary and me Sept 15-20, 2016 in Seabeck, WA.
Here’s a summary of the details (click here for a flyer):
- To register: http://nvctraining.com/LifeTransitions
- Dates: September 15th – 20th
- Location: Seabeck Conference Center, just outside of Seattle on Hood Canal (we’ll be staying in the Spruce building)
- Price: (until 6/1): $925 (single occupancy) / $800 (double occupancy). This includes tuition, lodging, and all meals…such a sweet deal!
- Bonus: 25 CEUs available thru CNVC for LSW, MFT, and RN
If you have questions about the details above, or if you’d like to chat about if and how this retreat could support you, please feel free to contact Aimee at firstname.lastname@example.org.