Monday Meditation ~ Rain

Everything is wet….rain and more rain creating soggy ground and it seems a mushy brain and body.  Still, the new plantings in the garden grow taller by the minute and their greens become greener.  Droplets glisten on their leaves.  For me a time to sit and read, clean out a closet and take a nap.  .  A rainy day can be splendid after a week of hot dry days.  But a rainy week??  After a few days I become lazy, I feel too tired to take on any chores or read (as that seems to send me directly to nap-time).

I made an attempt, really I did.  In the yoga studio I practiced sun salutations with the intention of warming up my inner being, getting that light to shine from within.  I forced myself to tidy up some spaces and prepare for upcoming events, but the things I usually like to do were onerous.   And on this particular Sunday I attended the funeral of a long-time family friend.

Now this week of rain seems different.  It is still wet and even soggier in the garden but the plants are not complaining.  Perhaps they know that warmer, drier days will be coming so they drink it all in now.  Death reminds us of our terminal physical nature and a funeral in the rain seems appropriate.  The hearts of those who remain are waterlogged with grief yet still full of wonderful memories and blessings for having known such a man.

There is no controlling the weather; there is no keeping back the rain, or the tears.  Our physical mortality eventually claims us. . There is a time for everything and in the every things a time for us to drink it all in.  Learn lessons, clean out the closets, take a nap and wait, for the sun will come out.  Life has changed as it is always doing and I can choose to turn my face to the rain, slosh my feet in the puddles or take a nap.   Whichever I choose, I pray to do it with an awareness of the blessings that arrive even when the rain keeps coming.  At the end of the day it is my faith in God that opens my eyes to the blessings of the rain, the continuity of life in changing seasons and the hope of life eternal.

May you have a blessed week no matter the weather.

   Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.   So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Son Salutations

 

Moving through Sun Salutations in my mind and heart, another steps on to the deck to practice.  Her mat ready and her mind set on movement of body with focus and intention….she is present.

My mind tends to jump ahead more often than it slips behind but at times the review of events is appealing as well.

Sweeping my arms to the sky with a gaze toward heaven….I know it’s not there.

Diving slowly to surrender is where I find it.  Letting go the grip of burdens and attachments in worldly terms there is a peace that enters.

Stepping back to open my heart in acceptance.  What is……is.  The gifts of release….

To     Just      Be

Breathing in the Son rise there is nothing left to do or that can be done to enter this state of Grace.

Son Salutations

Sunrise 

Dreaming is Listening

A hummingbird flits around me it’s wings creating music so beautiful, and words… ” begin something new” form from somewhere deep within me and all around me. Before it parts, the bird stops and offers a kiss…then flies away.

I have always been a dreamer in the literal sense, ever so vivid in colors and active it seemed like another life lived while I slept. It was often just pieces that would come to my awakened mind and dismissed as imagination. Now I know that my dreams are so much more. That when I rest and remember before feet touch the floor, I can hear my spirit speak to me and on wonderful occasion, God speaks as well to my soul which is so much more attentive when my mind and body are at rest. It is no mystery to me that God spoke, and still speaks to us through dreams.

I hear the message to begin something new and will keep listening. For then the path will clear and the journey grow full and rich with love and blessings. These blessings then glow to light life’s way and purpose.

I am thankful to Tilda Norberg who developed Gestalt Pastoral Care and as a part of the training discusses how to look at our dreams as guidance to lead us toward wholeness. visit the website at http://www.gestaltpastoralcare.org/ . Try a retreat and move toward healing and wholeness.

Weakness and Peace

2 Corinthians 12:6-10

But if I wish to boast, I will not be a fool, for I will be speaking the truth. But I refrain from it, so that no one may think better of me than what is seen in me or heard from me, even considering the exceptional character of the revelations. Therefore, to keep me from being too elated, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me, to keep me from being too elated. Three times I appealed to the Lord about this, that it would leave me, but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.  Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.

God has called me to a ministry of healing.  Healing for the body, the mind and the spirit of seekers, which is a huge call.  Not as daunting as Jonah’s call to go to Ninavah and proclaim repentance to a sinful people, but I hope to learn from scripture.  Though I may prefer my way or to run away I think about life in the belly of a whale.  It would be dark, noisy and definitely smelly.  I would not have human companionship or fellowship which to me says it all.  We were created to be in relationship with God and one another. Added to the “good” creation if we had only put our egos aside the world would still be good.

The world we live in, through our own sin and encouraged by the ruler of darkness has created such brokenness in countries, institutions, families and individuals.  Still God calls out to us “Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens and I will give you rest”. Matthew 11:28

This call I received for healing includes teaching yoga.  As I near beginning to open this place of healing and rest I ponder my physical limitations  and wonder what in the world am I doing teaching yoga for healing? Again, scripture holds the key to understanding.  His power is made perfect in my weakness.  I must be content, supported by faithful friends and strengthened by God for the task.  Fixing my eyes on the one who came down to live among us,and hearing his call to place my burdens and those of others on him.  The rest we seek, the healing we desire is with God and may not look like our perception.  Instead, we are in all circumstances enlightened with joy and love for God and all others on this life journey near or far who are seeking to come out of the dark.  It is my prayer that others will hear and know this love and  will spread peace and healing as far as and in Ninavah.

Peace and healing through God’s grace.

Surrender

Camel PoseThat word rings uncomfortable to our ears and egos. It means giving up. It’s our nature to survive by our force of will and at times that may cause the suffering of another. The world is full of examples.

I have been thinking about how my Yoga practice fits into my faith in God through Christ. On the surface it seemed logical that God created these marvelous bodies with built in healing channels of energy and spirit. It seemed right that God (could, should) YES would speak to searchers through this practice of mind body and spirit. And today a new insight…love how God does that! So stick with me in my attempt to describe the mechanics of this insight.

“Make a clean break with all cutting, backbiting, profane talk. Be gentle with one another, sensitive. Forgive on another as quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:31,32 The Message

One Facebook post this morning talked about how in watching others practicing camel pose one can see the resistance to surrender. Camel pose is a pose that calls us to surrender the fear of leaning back and fully opening the heart.

Often our fear in body of what could happen if we bend that far back and our fear in mind of being the one in control will prevent us from fully enjoying and reaping the benefits of the pose. It stretches many of the major muscles in the body, stimulates digestion and works to improve conditions of all of our body systems. <http://www.cnyhealingarts.com/2011/01/11/the-health-benefits-of-ustrasana-camel-pose/

But more than that, it opens our heart in surrender to trust in God and to experience his presence in a new way.

While in my own practice this morning, with God’s word from Ephesians in my heart, each breath drawing me into surrender, I eventually knelt to practice a more open camel pose. The outside world infringed with distractions and I began to think of myself. What actions I would need to take to relieve those interruptions and how rude it was of others to be “in my space”. By this time I was in pigeon pose which also calls on surrender to discomfort in the hips and there was my ah ha moment.

“Be gentle with one another, sensitive”

In order to live true to my call of discipleship, just as in my yoga practice, I surrender MY comfort, MY will and MY imagined needs when called to do so. Letting go of fear and releasing all to God I am able to fully experience healing in body, mind and spirit. This is not a call to the Doormat Club, this is a call to the Yoga mat of peace, to the alter of worship in one who provides the comfort when we give up our natural instinct to provide that for ourselves.

May the peace of God, that passes all understanding be yours.

Sue

Nothing Found

Words.  Powerful and able to change a situation upon their speaking, hearing or reading. This is a new venture for me.  A blog to express how life lived in the light of The Word is so rich and full.  After 50 some years of life experience there is no denying the existance of God and his actions in our lives.  But most often we turn to our own or the worlds willful way and are left empty.  On editing my first page of this blog I am offered a page title of “Nothing Found” as it is empty.  No post written yet, and a search bar to plug in what someone may be looking for.  Hit enter and hopefully one would be led to a new page with the desired content.  How often do we do that in life.  Seek for the things that we believe will make us or others happy to come up empty or with a temporary joy. 

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” Matthew 6:33 NKJV

When we keep our hearts and minds set on God’s kingdom (more on this later)  joy can be experienced in all circumstances.  God is love and I seek to keep my eyes on that love.  I seek to use words that lift up, create healing and bring peace.  God’s Word, Jesus, came as Master Teacher, the light of love to lead us to experience God’s kingdom.  That’s the view from here.

Peace in Christ.