Monday Meditation – Friday

I saw a bumper sticker years ago that said, “I do yoga for savasana”   It struck me as funny because it is mostly true, for me anyway.  I step onto my mat for my body and about halfway through practice I am ready to lay down and meditate. It seems that Friday, for most is that savasana we can’t wait to get to.  It is the end of a workweek and a the beginning of a weekend filled with promise.  By Wednesday, now termed “hump day” those of us starting work on Monday are already rushing to Friday.  During the weekend there is time to rest and relax, spend time with family, go to parties or have one for friends.  Time to sleep in or time to catch up on the chores we let slip during our busy week.  So we begin many Monday’s just looking forward to Friday.  Sometimes when there are longer term goals in mind even the weekend is difficult to rest in.  My savasana is sometimes restless with anticipation of what is to come.

My work week is no longer Monday through Friday but I still hold some of the old habits of rushing through anything to get to my purposed goal.  I love that God reminds me (knowing I need constant reminding) that life’s journey is not about the middle or the end, it’s about the beginning.  When we set an intention or goal for our work, when it has purpose above collecting a paycheck, the week is full of growth and grace.  This week I am working at camp.  It’s an easy place to discover God’s work.  The beauty of the place aside, it is Holy Ground to me.  Stepping on my mat this morning I enjoyed each movement and what it could teach me.  My tightness about work that needs to be done today settles in my shoulders and jaw, I breathe and let it go.  A wonderful Gestalt phrase is “What is happening now”.   I set a new intention of momentous awareness.

In this week filled with promise I promise to look beyond each whole day to see the present.  I seek to find rest in each day even for a short time so that I need not glare into the future.  To look in instead of looking out or past.  I intend on loving and living in each moment and rely on God’s grace of reminders to live fully and appreciate instead of anticipate.

Thank you to Meg who is teaching at the Library and the studio this week.  Enjoy her practice and teaching.

May you be blessed this Monday and each day of this week.

Sue

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Restoration

DSC_0198Funny that though my heart aches for spring, new projects in the house and planting the garden, a small part of me is sad to see the snow melt away. I had become accustomed to the white landscape and sparkling icicles as I hunkered down in layers of sweaters. My granddaughter would say being “cozy”.

I realize that I become comfortable and cozy as well with my life as it is. Life is meant for change. All around me the signs appear and nudge me beyond my comfort to move like the coming spring and grow. As my husband and I move lumber up a flight of stairs to renovate a bedroom, I am reminded of my physical condition, heart pounding and frequent breaks to restore my breath are shouting ” fix this sister”! As my mind fills with racing thoughts of things-to-do and the order to do them, somewhere deep inside a small voice whispers “be still”

Such a paradox to move and be still. That is exactly what creation sings as it moves from season to season. Spurts of growth and change followed by rest and quiet, motion of the sea as it ebbs and flows and rest of the garden under the snow all speak to me about the need for both. Even my heart beats with force and rest and in that rest is able to fill up to provide a fruitful action.

The Creator has written this story of life in the goodness of nature and in The Word. Summer to Fall to Winter and Spring, Jesus life and death and resurrection give me hope in a world full of pain. “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun” Ecclesiastes 1:9

As I move from winter to spring, from Lent to Easter the signs are all around that restoration is at hand. I shed the old cozy self of winter and begin this new season of growth and change by living my faith with study, physical labor and the knowledge that this will all come around again until the dawn of “a new heaven and a new earth” Rev. 21:1a