My mat has been a great place for me to learn how to accept change. Nothing is permanent; not in life, not in practice. In yoga, I have gone through phases; at times coming here for the movement and the heat, and sometimes really needing the breath and the meditation. I have been excited to work on the more complex physical postures, and other times my focus has been on the internal landscape of the mind and spirit. I have managed through injury. I have managed through changing state of mind and spirit. And I continue to learn to manage age and the natural shifts in life’s priorities. For me, the journey is in seeing whether I can manage all the changes just a little more gracefully, with a little more ease.
Can I let go of things when they need to pass? Can I make space for new things to come? It’s human to hold on. It’s human to want consistency. But when the pattern needs to change, how does holding on serve you? Change can be difficult and at the same time it can be most inspiring and liberating. Most of all, I am learning that change is what we choose to make of it. And the power of choice is always ours to have.