Okay, a little dramatic for a thread title, I’ll admit.
I’m just wondering if it is customary, or if anyone has had experience with feeling the need to end or modify unhealthy relationships as a result of their practice.
Right at the end of my shavasana today, my consciousness drifted to a teacher telling me something about chaos that I don’t quite remember, but I remember he repeated the word “chaos” many times and gave me the impression that I need to minimize the chaos in my life. And when I returned, I felt a very strong urge to end my marriage. LOL…no drama there!
My relationship with my husband was great for the first two years we were together, but then just months after we were married, I experienced a major spiritual awakening, and unfortunately he did not come along for the ride. I changed from the wild, over-sexed, party girl he met to a more conservative, philosophical, grown up. Lol. And the only thing that really changed in him is that he became irritable and resentful. I don’t blame him. He married one type of girl and expected me to stay that way and I didn’t. From there, many things happened, not all good, and our marriage has just been deteriorating since then. We’ll be married five years this May.
We try to give it the good effort and keep things together, it’s not like we argue that much. It just seems like neither of us is invested much in the other person’s life. Add that to past hurts and resentments, and well, a hectic work schedule and financial woes, and well, there just isn’t much glue holding us together anymore. And because I have been on a spiritually oriented path and he doesn’t contemplate those things much, we have barely anything in common anymore.
Truth be told, I stay for my kids and no other reason. I feel trapped, really. I love my husband unconditionally, like a family member who I just can’t turn my back on. I guess it’s loyalty? But I’m pretty sure that is only one kind of love a wife should feel for her husband. I feel like there is a lot of passion in me that just sits in my own little internal prison because when I let any of it out, it simply isn’t well-received. It feels suffocating, really, that there a great big part of me that is left unexpressed.
Anyway, I guess maybe that’s too much information. Sorry, I’m feeling a little vulnerable today. :oops: But I was just wondering if anyone else ever experienced a strong urge to make major life changes due, at least in part, to their Yoga practice and what they did about it. Any advice or comments are welcome.