The title of this post came from the book, 100 favorite Bible Verses. Passage 15 in this book tells us that "the Psalms are a tapestry of human emotions.” The poetry of prayer in the Psalms weaves together anger, fear, joy, longing, despair, praise and passion. All emotions we feel every day.
But this psalm “Be Still and Know that I am God” is God’s answer to us. “It is brief and straightforward: Stop and remember who is on your side.”
But if you look closely at the psalm, it is anything but calm. It talks of mountains collapsing and earthquakes. All of these images are reflections on how we sometimes feel, especially when we feel like our lives are out of control. But when the Psalm mentions to “Be still, the whole tone of the passage changes from outside chaos to internal rest." We can do the same.
I loved what Pastor Jerry said this Sunday that red is the symbol of Joy and Fire. And the fire begins with the Spirit in us. And, the fire, that Spirit changes us. When we are grounded in love, strengthened in inner being, we get a sense of peace. He said that the Spirit is the energy of the heart of God, that transfers from the heart of God to your heart. We get this when we step away from the distractions of life and look inward.
And this is what the practice of yoga is all about. It is about learning how to live in the world while at the same time seeking God. When we practice yoga we are practicing and re-instilling our connection with God.
When we practice, we can "Stop, and remember who is on our side."
Blessings and namaste,
We hear it all the time, "I am so busy." It's true, we are busy people. Our lives are filled to the brim, over-packed and scheduled to the max. And when that happens, when all the “To-Do’s” build up, we often lose sight of what’s important. We lose touch with ourselves, with love and compassion. Instead we are worried and stressed.
Stress stays with us in our bodies. So, having a fit body is important. When the body is tight and tense, it is harder to relax, to settle down and to be quiet. When we take the time to unwind we can feel the peace that God so wants us to Experience. Yoga helps us do just that.
This past Sunday, Pastor Jerry said that “God breathes on us and into us the Holy Spirit and once filled we experience peace.” Not the simple kind of peace you find when someone is noisy and you ask them, “Can I have some peace and quiet, Please?”
But the deep peace, deep within you peace, peace that fills us to the brim, utterly – peace that almost overwhelms us with its fullness. The fullness of God’s love – that kind of peace.
So take a little breather. Take a few moments out of your busy schedule and take a deep breath, take two, and feel the peace that comes along with that breath and remember that each breath is a gift. Breathe deep and share God’s love today.
Blessings and namaste,
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