Doing things differently. Breaking habits. Changing patterns. That's what Yoga does. Softening and opening my heart. Not an easy practice for me. My default nature is to be rigid and on constant guard, like a most diligent soldier. Don't be vulnerable, my Inner Critic says. It means weakness. There's a Higher Voice that tells me to continue on. Some days in a whisper through a troubled child's hug, a stranger's smile or a random text. Some days that voice speaks in a gentle, yet firm way through a nudge I can't ignore, a conversation in which I say something, that I, myself, need to remember, or through a Bible verse, ancient Yoga text, or a quote of loving wisdom. Some days that voice screams like a tyrant, unwilling to be ignored any longer and unwilling to put up with my BS. This heart softening and opening is responsible for changing relationships...with God, with myself, and with all others past, present, and future. Not every encounter is good. But each holds at least one small teaching lesson to help me grow more compassionately into my True Self. I have been asked do I believe in Soul Mates. That's another post! Short answer is yes, but not as most others do. I'm acknowledging a question that's been hiding under layers of undealt with stuff. It's been showing glimpses of wanting an answer for a while now, as I've released all sorts of things that no longer serve me. It's bubbling to the surface, and all I really want to do is burst each and every one. So I put it out there, for me, to hold myself accountable for honoring The truth of what's happening right now. Do I believe my crazy, chaotic, overwhelming, single mom life would be easier, better, more manageable, more enjoyable, and more peaceful if I shared it in an intimate way with someone else? I don't know, really. Inner Critic says it's too messy and no one else deserves to be burdened by it all. However, I am certain of my gratitude for family, friends, teachers, coaches, neighbors, and even strangers who play a part in bringing support, encouragement, positivity, and stability my way. My Tribe. I couldn't do it all on my own on my very best day without my soul support system. Love my tribe!!