For so long, I showed up on my mat to check out. It was the one hour in my chaotic life that I had for myself. No distractions, no one to answer to, nothing to cross off my list. I showed up to forget about life. It wasn't until recently that I realized how imperative it is to bring whatever is coming up in our lives onto the mat. My yoga teacher tells us, "What we do with one thing, we do with everything."
When we show up on the mat, we don't just show up for ourselves. We show up to share and accept the energy, breath, and hearts with those around us. Through this practice, we allow ourselves to become vulnerable and intimate. In those moments, we are alone yet together. By sharing our energy, we find peace, acceptance, and worthiness from within. We must live with our hearts wide open. The truth is, you matter. You matter and I matter. We all matter. The world would not be the same without me nor would it be the same without you. You are loved. You give love. Because of your existence, love exists.
Wherever you are on your journey, whether good or bad, you were meant to be here at this moment. As soon as you realize that every experience has a purpose, your life has so much more meaning. Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know. Rather than questioning where you are at in your life, learn to be content, be present. Ride the wave. Be okay with groundlessness. Accept that nothing is permanent. Everyone moment is an opportunity for you to grow, forgive, and to love both yourselves and others more than you ever have before. Rather than judging yourself or your thoughts, notice them.
Whatever comes, let it come.
Whatever stays, let it stay.
Whatever goes, let it go.
You are picking up the pieces, you are growing, and you are enough.