Liminality

Viv McWaters writes about liminality.

When you’re asking me to change a particular behaviour (even if it’s for my own good or for the well-being of others, or even the planet) you’re asking me to let go of something familiar and take up something unfamilar. That space between letting go and grabbing on to something new is called liminal space. You’re asking me to enter a space of unknowing, of uncertaintly and of change. Is it any wonder I’m reluctant?

Other people’s change can put us into liminal space too. Think of a parent who watches their child playing on a wall of a certain height… do they intervene for safety’s sake or do they sit tight and manage their nerves, allowing the child to learn and grow?

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