I’ve talked a lot about how physical movement—especially slow deliberate movements from Qigong (link) and Cross Lateral movements (link) can change your awareness, move you out of depression. It can decrease cortisol response and increase coherent brain activity.
There are many ways to make a move, and I found that changing my location is transformational.
Move and Transform
I cannot count the number of addresses I’ve had. My family had to purchase a separate address book to record them all.
But each move helped me grow or helped me let go of things I didn’t need. I let go of stale friendships, old furniture or clothing I didn’t need. But I also had to let go of outdated mental structures. I had to welcome in the new—ideas, places, people, jobs, mindsets.
Many moves weren’t easy. In Greenwich Village I had to sleep on my clothing because there was a pole coming up through the middle of the loft bed. In Seattle, I found a job temporarily by putting a sign up on a tree to get a job as an au pair. Older than most to be living on the edge like that, it taught me to trust in something outside of the the usual pathways to achieving a goal.
Last week, I just made a move with my family from southern Florida to the northern New York. My family consists of my partner, Mike, my cat Carlisle, my dogs Casey and Annabelle, and our bird, Lily.
We drove 1500 miles in two cars while dealing with hotel rooms and cleaning and feeding the furry and feathered family members.
We arrived at our rental last Friday, a 1925 country home and a fenced-in yard. No more walking up and down steps to take dogs for walks in the Florida heat. Now we go to the door, open it, and the dogs take their walk around the yard at their own pace.
It is a new life, new surroundings, new possibilities, new friends. I feel freer, younger.
Do you remember that feeling you had moving away from home for the first time? That feeling that there were all these possibilities for you: finding the love of your life, starting your own business, making that great painting, creating a home. I used to think that was only for people in their 20s and 30s, but with movement—either of the body or the location, it’s possible to recharge the “anything is possible” feeling.
Recreate the Feeling of Possibility
Make a move. Any move. Adopt a pet, try a new dance class, speak to a stranger—or change your location.
I feel we are on the edge of some big transformations—some might be messy but there is always opportunity.
Is there a way in your life for you to let go of outdated ideas, things, people? In order to transform, we need to let go and let in new experiences.
Take Initiative–Take Your Youth Back
I recently met with an old friend in our new hometown. When she saw me she said, “You look 10 years younger.” Confirmation for letting go of stuck ideas and letting in the new.
There can be joy in the change when we take initiative rather than be the effect of changes around us.
Make a move or change, tell me about it, ask me about it, share below.