In terms of exploring and managing change in organisations, families, groups and individuals, I think the need for gentleness of pace and rhythm identified below is absolutely essential. Like slow food, slow change may have gone out of fashion, but it's time we made as much room for Slow Change as Turin has made for Slow Food.
"This point, this ‘edge’, is a highly important place, for within the yogic philosophy, this edge is considered to be my creative teacher from whom I can learn about myself. If I approach this teacher/edge with love, sensitivity, and awareness, I will discover that my teacher/edge will move and allow me a greater range of motion. If I shy away from approaching my teacher/edge, I will learn nothing new, and in time my own dogma/tightness will contract upon itself and I will grow even tighter. If I try to blast past my edge, I might fool myself into thinking that I have learned and expanded, but in fact what usually happens is that I am only impressing myself with a temporary surge of ambition and that this feeling will probably contract upon itself with fear and subsequent tightening, forcing me into greater confusion or potentially dangerous misunderstandings. Physically, when I approach my edge gently and consciously, my body responds by focusing energy and attention on this spot, encouraging the blood and energy to bathe the related muscles and organs with vitality and life, thus allowing me the experience of true growth and self-nourishment. But if I do not try to reach my edge, my body, having no point of force, will find it difficult to isolate the place and nourish it, and little growth and improvement will follow.
To state the extremes: if I never explore my limits, my bodymind will gradually tighten and become unconscious. If I regularly explore my limits in a caring and adventure-some fashion, I will expand and grow in a vital fashion. But if I try to push myself past where I am honestly able to go, I will no longer be practicing ‘yoga’ but instead will be practicing ‘greed’, and I will probably be met by pain and disease. Stated simply, it is the difference between ignoring yourself, making love to yourself, and raping yourself.
The other fascinating aspect is that the teacher/edge, in addition to defining the limits of expansion and contraction, also distinguishes the fine line that exists between self-destruction and self-improvement.”