Yesterday my husband and I celebrated 15 years of marriage. It’s strange how fast the time has flown by. Some of our memories that we share seem to have only happened a few months back, when in all actuality years and years separate us from that time. A couple of weeks back I told my husband we should rewrite our vows and say them to each other to mark the day. He agreed, though there was resistance, saying with a worried expression on his face, “Babe, I have a choir concert this week and we will be gone all weekend. When will I get this done?”
As last week pulled me into one crazy turn of events after another, I turned to him this weekend and said, “Forget about the vows, I don’t have time to write them either and I’m probably just being over emotional and a bit silly. It will be fine.” He looked more than a bit relieved and we left it at that.
But then, last night as I opened my anniversary card I found tucked inside the vows that he had found the time to write and, yes, they made me cry in one the best ways possible. He is the perfect partner for me in this life.
Drifting off to sleep last night, my mind couldn’t help but start melding parallels between the commitment of marriage and the commitment of a yoga practice. Yoga does after all translate into, “union,” ultimately meaning the union of body, mind, and spirit. Whereas, marriage is the union of two bodies, two minds, and two spirits to create a positive atmosphere in which these individuals can reach their best potential within this time here on earth.
Some marriages last a lifetime and some don’t. That doesn’t mean the union of those two individuals wasn’t a valid learning experience and didn’t at some point bring them great joy. It simply means they had learned all they could from each other and to reach their greatest learning potential and evolve into the person they were meant to become they needed to separate. Some yoga practices last a lifetime and some are abandoned. That doesn’t mean the yoga wasn’t a valid resource for that person at the time or that they won’t return to the practice at some point. It was what they were meant to discover at that time and hopefully use the tools they learned as they journey on to other practices and adventures.
Marriages have their ups and downs, as will your yoga practice. You can either believe and have faith it will get better or shut down and give up. Only you will know what the right choice will be. All I know is that if I write my vows to my husband that they also sound like vows I should be reading to myself because both marriage and yoga are grand commitments not to something outside of you, but to the heart that beats within.
You are the best thing that has ever happened to me and most days I can’t even imagine what I would do if you were not a part of my life. You don’t complete me, but you make me a better person and have helped me through the years discover my true potential. You have made me strong where I was weak, rich when I felt poor, and my shining light when I was lost. You are my forever. You are my always.
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