I see things differently, I feel things intensely and I understand that things for us are they way they are supposed to be.
One way I have begun to find strength in this journey is to create space.
Space in mind.
Space in body.
Space in spirit.
It circles around a number of areas in my life however today, I focus on practice.
Remove distraction. Embrace what you need and let the small matters subside.
Embrace challenge, be okay with having to work harder to reach a goal and be proud of yourself when you find that goal is reached.
Find joy. In small things, even if others might scoff at what you seem to find beauty in.
Speak up for what you need.
Along this journey I have spent time in a matter and for me, that space is now abundantly clear in my practice of yoga.
What fuels you?
What moves you?
What motivates you?
In a journey as a parent, we to find something to give to ourselves, to fill ourselves, to care for ourselves.
This summer, door opened and though I wanted to rush in and feel the mat beneath my feet, instead I waited. For the right time. Upon return from an amazing renewing and enriching vacation, it happened, I set foot in the place that has become the greatest gift for myself.
It is a gift of community.
Each day I gather with some friends, some strangers and practice. Each teacher, unique in what they bring to the practice and the opportunity to embrace what is present in the room. Each moment I find that what I need is on the mat and being on the mat makes me a better wife, mother and friend.
In the past two days I have seen more beauty behind those doors then I do outside in the "real world". Behind those doors there were moments of security, strength and perseverance that you don't often see. There was love, compassion, kindness and joy.
In the classes I attended, the words spoken shared hope, simplicity and of course my personal mantra "you are enough".
So, if you are like me, living in the parenting world, with extra needs or not, take time. For you. To create space and find what you need to be the best version of self you can be.