By Marcia Carlson, Resilience Training group facilitator for the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing
What is a threshold? To a carpenter, a threshold is the plank, stone or piece of timber that lies under a door. To a physician or nurse it is the point at which a patient’s perception of a condition changes, like the threshold of pain. To someone with a new diagnosis or injury, it is the transition from disbelief to acceptance. For those in spiritual or emotional pain, it is moving to forgiveness and resilience.
There are many universal thresholds in our lives: birth, death, relocations, new employment or retirement. For many, this time of year holds many significant thresholds ― the end of school, graduations, weddings, and the excitement and unknowns of summer vacations.
What we often don’t acknowledge is that to be at a threshold means to be between two things ― neither here nor there. The Irish poet, John O’Donohue, says, “We sense a threshold when below the surface of our lives huge changes are fermenting.” This can be both exciting and fear inducing.
When we are at a threshold in life, we often turn to family, friends, mentors or spiritual guides to help us find and name our own truth and perhaps gently hold our hand as we make a crossing.
Resilience Training is a program that assists participants to realize their own natural resilient nature, discover how to calm their minds, experience a greater sense of self-acceptance and live life with more awareness, which is helpful in general and crucial when facing thresholds.
What kind of thresholds have you had to face in your life? What helped you move from one state to the next? What changes are fermenting? I would appreciate hearing how you have made such crossings.