Right now, my yard is starting to come alive again. We had a cold January, but February has been warmer and my yard is reacting to the warmer weather. The early daffodils have already started to bloom. Every year when I see these early spring flower, I think of rebirth. It’s time to come alive again after a period of rest. It’s that time of new growth. As it’s beginning to arrive in my yard, I’m thinking of life connections. I’m thinking about how parts of myself are coming alive again.
What does rebirth feel like? What does rebirth look like? For each of us, those answers will vary. For me, in this time of my life with my kids out of the house (at least most of the time) rebirth feels like finding myself again. It feels like I’ve been on hold for the past two decades and that I’m just beginning to realize what it is that the inner me wants out of my life.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I love my kids and being able to be home with them throughout their formative years was such a blessing. I wouldn’t change any of that. The thing is though that I spent most of that time focusing on their needs. Getting them to school and to any after school activities. Making sure that they had their emotional needs met. Feeding and taking care of them. All of that was my main focus for so long. The results were well worth the effort. My kids are amazing and now that they don’t need me in the same way anymore, I can focus on developing me again.
I know that it’s still technically winter, but here in South Carolina our spring is well on its way. As I enter this first spring after my youngest moved out for boarding school, I’m reflecting on my rebirth. This chance to focus on me again. The chance to follow my dreams without worrying how it will negatively impact my children. How does this feel to me? It’s liberating to have this freedom again!
I admit that I’ve held myself back in the past. It was for a good cause, but now it’s my time to expand my horizons again. That’s what all of the small changes that I’ve been making over the past few months are leading me towards. I’ve been developing my skills as a yoga therapist and finding the best way to work with others. I’m growing and changing along with my clients.
In my yoga therapy practice, I often see people who are at a crossroads. They’ve had a change in their life and they are trying to figure out how best to deal with it. I’ve learned that those changes often happen in small increments. One step at a time. As they begin to connect what’s going on in their body with what’s going on in their life, I help others figure out what those small steps forward are. Everyone is on a different path. The person that knows best how to navigate your path is you. Not your neighbor or your friend. I’ve been listening to my own inner wisdom and I want to help others listen to theirs.
That’s where my path is leading me in this season or rebirth. I’m developing more group therapy programs so that I can help others who are in the middle of a life event to find their paths forward. Taking action one step at a time moves us to where we want to be. Keep moving forward in this season of new growth. That’s what I plan on doing. I’m excited about where I’m heading and I know that I’ll just continue to grow both personally and professionally.
What will your spring season look like? What new growth will you embrace? What small steps are you taking to move forward? Leave me a comment below. I’d love to hear what’s happening with you.
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Becky, very good insight on this new season. I’m going through very similar changes and dealing with the empty nester as well. You’re words were encouraging and enlightening.
Moving forward is slow but sure. Can’t wait till Spring has sprung!
All the very best to you!
It feels like spring is almost here! Just like nature, we keep moving forward and changing little bits at a time. Keep at it!