When I was pregnant, I used to go to yoga up to four times a week. I was attending the regular hatha & vinyasa classes and I modified the postures as I needed. I remember, at about 7 or 8 months pregnant, to have more & more difficulty challenging myself physically as my big belly just hindered me so much in my movements. I asked my teacher before a class: Am I still doing yoga if I just can't get in the poses? He took a moment to ponder, than he gave me his answer: Everything is in the intention, not in the execution.
At first, I thought it was a lame answer. After all, I was not there to be passive or complacent. Then, I realized that the difficulty lied in embracing my circumstances to the point where I could be in peace with them – where I could be open to the lessons hidden to my current understanding.
I continued to attend yoga – up to two days before I gave birth. I cherished my curves & I learned to work with my new shape. Often, it was giving me the perfect opportunity to rest + savor the moment.
This experience taught me to go more with the flow. Whatever I cannot control, I try to make the best out of it. Being a mom, I need to budget + allocate my energy & it would be wasteful to spend it futilely.
Have you had turning points that taught you a new behavior? Let me know in the comments below, I'd love to know!