The past 2 years, since the separation, have been a roller coaster of emotions. I was surprised that when I left the courthouse the only emotion I felt was relief. I have spent 2 years grieving. It's strange though. When a loved one dies, there's a funeral. Your family and friends come to support you as you say your good-byes. The grieving is expected. The emotions I felt at the end of my marriage were much the same. Once the anger, resentment, and fear passed what was left was grief. I didn't expect that. What was even more difficult was holding space for my children to grieve and work through their own pain. I would go to work and teach my classes. I would make dinner and clean the house. I would do the grocery shopping and fulfill my obligations. Grieving and processing in private. Doing what needed to be done while experiencing the most intense emotional turmoil I had ever faced.
I am grateful for my yoga practice. It was through my sadhana that I was able to truly process the emotions. It was my sadhana that gave me the strength and courage to walk through the darkness. I didn't numb my emotions. I didn't run from my feelings. Firmly established in my sadhana I was able to face each tidal wave of emotion head on. For that I'm grateful.
The most difficult challenges we face in our lives become our greatest teachers. With this thought in mind I decided that my divorce ritual will be a thank you letter. It will go something like this...
Thank you for the craziness....It ignited the fire within me to seek out peace.
Thank you for your harshness .... It helped me appreciate kindness.
Thank you for making me feel less than... It gave me the drive to be the best version of myself.
Thank you for not being supportive.... It taught me to be self-sufficient.
Thank you for not providing... It made me a hard worker.
Thank you for teaching me what love isn't.... I now know what love is.
Thank you for the constant fighting... It made me appreciate harmony.
Thank you for abandoning me.... It taught me that I am stronger than I ever imagined.