Last week I took a yoga class and the teacher asked us to think about our practice: Were we looking to integrate or create? To take what we've learned and bring it together, make it more cohesive, and settle in? Or to bring forward something new?
The answer for me was easy - but surprising. I've always been a creator and an entrepreneur, continually seeking, planning, and looking ahead. But in that moment I knew what I needed more than anything was to integrate. To settle in, move and breathe. It was a beautiful practice.
And, of course, the lessons on our yoga mat are also the lessons of our lives.
I've spent the last 4.5 years literally creating and sustaining tiny humans while growing a business. I've been pregnant or breastfeeding since February 2015 and that energy of creation has brought with it so many wonderful things - my two children, new clients, more yoga, mamas circles, dear friendships, and so much more.
And while the pull of whats next is certainly still present, it feels like a good time to settle-in. The changes, of course, will keep coming - Aiden just turned one and is walking, climbing, and exploring. Caroline is starting preschool next month. I know we'll have an endless supply of new things every day.
So amidst all of the changes around me I'm choosing integration. Grounding. Mindfulness. Living in the moment and continuing to do the work I am deeply passionate about.
As I sat down to write this morning, I realized I was integrating even before I had that "ah-ha" moment last week. We spent the last month re-organizing our basement and turned it into a cozy Mamas Circle meeting room and play space. I shifted my schedule and will be teaching yoga one day a week after Labor Day.
Integration is happening and it feels good.
As summer leans toward fall, I hope you can also reflect on this question - integration or creation? I'd love to hear your thoughts.