I was walking in the woods the other day. It was a different time of day than I’m normally in the woods. It was near twilight, and I was noticing how the trees looked different in this light, even though they were the same trees I normally walk past.
As I walked, I was thinking about last week’s blog post and how frustrating it sometimes feels to know that the work never stops.
Last year for a little less than 5 months I was working with a wonderful therapist on some issues that I had going on in my life. I wrote about her I think back in November. I wrote about the way she made me feel heard and seen...the way she listened in a genuine way, the way she showed up in our sessions.
Here’s the thing, I haven’t been working with her for the past 8 months, quite a bit longer than I worked with her now...but you know, the tools she taught me, the lessons I learned from those sessions, I use them on a daily basis. I have noticed how I pay more attention to how I am feeling, and how those feelings are manifesting themselves in my body. I have noticed that I am able to speak more clearly and more confidently on the issues I care about, and how I have found my voice in a clearer way. I used to hold pain and tension in my throat, and that pain is no longer there even when I’m having hard conversations. I have noticed how I am able to think more clearly about what I need and want, instead of just going along with others for their benefit.
Our weekly sessions have stopped, but the work on my heart and mind continues on.
The work never stops my friends...not just in the physical aspects of our life, but also in our minds and hearts. We’ll never get to the place where we say “well, that’s enough, I’ve grown all I’ll grow, I’ve learned all I’ll learn.” The work never stops. The learning and growing never stops...and it shouldn’t.
As I walked, I was thinking about those trees, how they were the same but looked different...and about myself, how I am both the same and different.
The work in either aspect of our lives isn’t easy, but I think when we show up for it, it can be so deeply rewarding.
I hope you have an amazing week dear friends, I am so deeply grateful for you.
Krista is a yoga and fitness instructor based in Washington DC. She has an online studio with all sorts of different class types!