Thresholds” . . . those moments in life that are “cross over” moments, when things change from being one way to being another. Sometimes, we choose them, and sometimes they choose us. They may be joyous or difficult, they often feel like either a new beginning, or an ending, or sometimes both. The threshold can be created by many different types of situations — having a child, finding a new job, experiencing a loss or an illness, starting a new relationship or ending one, taking a risk . . . In all of these and many other life transitions, we find ourselves leaving a familiar life situation and moving into something new. Whether they desired or thrust upon us, they are stressful.
- The elephant-faced god “Ganesha” is one of the better-known and most beloved in the Hindu pantheon. He’s known as the “remover of obstacles” and is often placed around thresholds and sought out during threshold moment. The practices of yoga, meditation, and relaxation help us to learn to navigate the thresholds of our lives with a certain amount of perspective and peace. When we navigate obstacles in yoga, we seek to learn ways to walk through the doorways of our lives with our eyes wide open, as well as with a sense of intention and a spirit of compassion for ourselves and others. In these ways, the thresholds life offers to us become moments that, while we may not always embrace them, at least we mindfully navigate our way through.