Today, my husband and I celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. It’s really special and a bit amazing to celebrate this big milestone together. (Look at how young we were!) There have been other big moments along the way – our wedding, the birth of our children, conflicts that have tested our relationship, and resolutions or choices that have made it stronger. But, what’s really worth celebrating is showing up for each other every day. The big milestones are notable, but what has gotten us here are the smaller moments – the mundane conversations about carpools, enjoying a brainless sitcom together, nursing a cold, and every other seemingly inconsequential interaction we share.
“Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads, which sew people together through the years.” -Simone Signoret
The practice of yoga is much like a long-term relationship. There are big moments and breakthroughs – the discovery of practice, finding your teacher, understanding your potential, or harnessing your energy. But like a marriage, it’s the seemingly inconsequential moments that really add up and create something worthy of celebration. It’s taking a deep breath. It’s finding your mat, meditation cushion, or moments of introspection throughout the day. It’s in seeing the light in one another and honoring one another. It’s accepting the practice that unfolds day by day. While individually these actions may not seem like much, they add up, multiply, and become something bigger.
So whether you’re in a relationship or pursuing your yoga practice, take a deep breath, show up, and find peace in the everyday work. Big milestones are guaranteed to manifest.