This week marked the beginning of another fertility workshop series, and as always, I was amazed by the women who gathered in our sunny studio to share their hearts and the story of the journey that brought them together.
These women, strangers who had met only moments earlier, opened up about their loss, frustration, and waning hope of starting the family they so dearly desired. But rather than be brought down by the collective disappointment and doubt, the women shared nods of recognition, resources, and even smiles. Each woman in turn mentioned that in addition to the yoga, she had come to the class with the intention of connecting to others who were sharing a similar journey.
Something amazing happens when we step outside of our own sorrow and recognize there are other travelers on our path. Even the most solitary among us can take comfort in knowing someone is ahead of, behind, and beside us as we navigate uncertain terrain. Community doesn't change our circumstances, but the support and encouragement we find there can provide the strength to endure.
No matter what challenge you are facing today, you are not alone. If you allow yourself to be open to connection, you can reap the rewards of sharing your pain - and joy - with a fellow traveler.