Welcoming and Accepting Changes
The only thing that is guaranteed in life is change. We change physically, we change our minds, and the list could go on and on. Think about the state of your life this time last year and more than likely, something has changed with you. That’s a good thing. We never evolve or grow as people without change…but, sometimes these changes are not on our terms and they can leave a bad taste in our mouth.
Strength and Weakness
Recently, a friend of mine told me that my personality has softened since becoming a Mother. While some may think being softer is weak, I consider it a strength that I’m now finding and learning to love. If you’ve ever met me in person before I became a Mother, you know that I had no fear of speaking my mind, and when I set goals I always exceeded them. Now things are rather different. My personal goals don’t have this urgency they once did. I was always in ‘Tasmanian Devil’ mode before becoming a mom. This doesn’t mean I’m disregarding my future goals, it just means that these moments I have with my son are important. He’s hitting milestones and I want to be there for them.
My yoga practice has also changed…majorly!
Fortunately, I had a healthy pregnancy, but labor, delivery, and a C-section caused my body to take awhile to heal. I had to seek and participate in physical therapy because of abdominal separation. Exercises and yoga poses that were once very easy are now very challenging. It’s very easy for me to wallow and get depressed about this but when it comes down to it, I have it made.
I have a beautiful and healthy family, I have a roof over my head, I have food in the fridge, and I have a good job. Does my yoga practice look like I’ve been practicing for almost 8 years or that I’ve run two half marathons? Hell no and that’s okay.
How can changes help us?
I’m using this change in my life as an opportunity to get back to foundations not only for myself but for my students. Letting go of my attachment to what my practice and physical strength was, has not been easy because my ego comes in, but I know that I will come back stronger than ever. Maybe not physically but mentally and spiritually I will.
Challenges, transitions, and changes make us; they don’t break us. These moments are when we really become stronger. See where you can grow and find opportunities in whatever changes you are currently facing. It’s so easy to only see the black and gray with change and ignore the silver lining.