For some reason, my awareness is absent during transitions. These are the times between one activity and the next. My unconscious habit is to turn on (mentally and physically) for an activity, then turn off once it is over. This habit has become very clear in my performance of tricks on the flying trapeze. In these moments, I look like a wet piece of spaghetti falling through the air. They usually occur after I have gotten into a position, or just made a move. For some reason, I disengage physically, even though the trick is not complete. Perhaps I am isolating segments of the trick in my mind in a methodical way, rather than considering the continuous flow of movement. My on again, off again habit utilizes a lot of energy both mental and physical; similar to how a car wastes a lot of gas if the driver repeatedly accelerates and decelerates.
Transitions are important, not only can they can be pleasurable and enhance enjoyment, they can enhance performance. On stage, transitions are part of the flow of the program, keeping the audience engaged between pieces, movements or segments of the presentation. On the trapeze, transitions connect the structural moments of a trick, allowing one to move fluidly and gracefully. My challenge is to cultivate awareness and stay engaged between point A & point B, instead of turning on, then off, then on again. To do this, I am going to tune into my senses, including kinesthetic and tactile sensations, along with smells, tastes, sounds and sights of the world. Practicing this during the more mundane moments of my day will allow me to access this rich awareness while flying and performing. This rich awareness will enhance my performance movement and ease. Too often awareness narrows in order to focus on “important activities.” We lose sight of the quality or our movements, and comfort. I have found that awareness is the key to becoming aware of habits, making changes, improving movement ease, comfort , and simply enjoying movement. I invite you too, to savor the transitions in your day. I would love to hear what you learn.