December 15, 2010 in Lifestyle

Trane’s Trains – A Chance to Reflect on Life’s Changes

A full moon hangs over a passing train

Over the last week, I’ve been spending about 3 hours per day on various train lines throughout Tokyo. That much time standing offers one a generous amount of time for quiet reflection. I’ve made good of the opportunity.

We’re only a week away from the winter solstice, so this is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on what we’ve experienced over the last year. During this high-energy period, we have the chance to process life transitions and let go of old baggage before embarking on a new beginning.

I know that last bit will resonate strongly with several of my friends, just as it does with me.

The last year has been “Oh. My. Goodness.” crazy with regard to change for me. The last six months exhibited a 180-degree change in life course. That shift brought with it tremendous change in the heart space, and I’m still working through letting go and moving forward. Sometimes, even though you know you need to move on, the heart stutters and fumbles.

I encourage you all to be gentle with yourself through the transitions. Love your faults and foibles. Forgive your transgressions. You’re still learning to fly, you know, as am I. We’ve come together in this moment because we’ve discovered that the mingling of our energies is complementary. We’re healing and helping each other through this phase of life.

And I thank you for that.

This is a great time for inner work. Contemplation. Even a vision quest. Follow the breath. Release the old and look forward to the new. The new is coming anyway, so we may as well greet it with open arms and a glad heart.

My love to you. I apologize for the slower updates lately. With so much travel and time spent at my clients’ offices, it’s been challenging to find a moment to put my thoughts in writing.


  1. December 15, 2010 at 11:08 pm



    Yes, Winter is the natural contemplative period of the annual cycle that gives the opportunity to slow down, reflect, contemplate, go inside, and heal. The red dawn of Spring will come, the time for new ideas, new growth, and the germination of seeds that have rested under the snow. Thank you for iterating your thoughts in writing…I look forward to receiving them.

    1. December 16, 2010 at 7:26 am



      Thank you so much, Ali. *hug*

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