Tiny Gift: A Journaling Exercise

On February 12th, our family and hearts expanded. The birth of our second child, Matthew, has allowed me to practice my yoga daily even when I cannot get to my mat.

As a goal coach and business consultant, I inspire my clients to create positive change in their lives by defining their goals and creating clear steps to reach them. Through my company, Miracles on the Mat, I also lead wellness workshops, yoga retreats and giveback events for local non-profits. I also have a passion for the postpartum period and work with moms to support their 4th trimester.

"This too shall pass" has been a mantra that I have repeated often over the first month of my son's life. While there are SO many joys that come with a bringing a new baby into the world, there are just as many challenges for the body, mind and spirit.

You don't have to birth a 9-pound boy to appreciate the lesson of non-attachment or, in yoga terms, aparigraha.

Whatever obstacles and/or opportunities that you may be facing, we can use the wisdom of the 5th Yama to remember to appreciate the intensity of the moment. Whatever our situation, we can breathe into the understanding that it will only last for a finite amount of time. Our experience of life today does not predict our tomorrow.

During times when I have felt tested and depleted, I have used this mantra to re-calibrate and shift my perspective: "When my body and mind feel weak, I remember my heart always shines strong."

I have learned to embrace and honor my feelings. Whether it be the light of his first smile or the sensation of depletion of a sleepless night, I take time to breathe into the impact of the moment.

This tiny gift I have no doubt will have many more lessons for me.

Journal Exercise:

Take 5-10 minutes out of your day to sit in quiet. Light your favorite candle, or play your favorite music. Grab a pen and a piece of paper (or a journal) and write about the following:

What can you place a softer grip on in your life to free up more space in your body, mind and soul?

P.S. You don't have to write a novel; it can be written in a few sentences, or a few paragraphs. Write what comes naturally to you, and just be.

You are sweet, Mama, as is your soul.