Countdown 102 Days
Today I tried another yoga class, and I really enjoyed it. During one part everyone starting humming really loud on an exhale. I’ve taken max probably 10 yoga classes over my lifetime, and this was new to me. It kind of caught me off guard at first, so I just breathed out with a regular breathe trying not to burst into uncontrollable laughter, to not seem like a jerk.
I didn’t laugh, I also didn’t buzz on my exhale…I PROMISE I’ll be researching more about this practice to better understand and develop a deeper respect for the things I don’t know.
There was this one yoga class I took with my mom and our friend and we were introduced to the “happy baby pose”. My mother and I were laying on the floor side by side, trying to copy the move of grabbing the bottoms of our feet with legs outstretched while rolling around from side to side…we couldn’t help but break out the giggles…
I mean isn’t that a true happy baby?
We quickly learned laughing really loud is NOT good “practice” during a yoga class.
There’s a first time for everything.
I’m enjoying yoga it’s a workout for sure, and it doesn’t require cardio but muscles are still working. It’s a good practice for someone like me who likes to move around a lot. There are many instances in which STILLNESS is encouraged, of body and MIND. I’m always racing around in my mind about the sound my rings make on the floor, or if I’m getting dangerously close to kicking someone in the face, or if I’m following the directions right. Those are the thoughts the teachers’ try to encourage you to not focus on, and that’s the part I like.
Today was a challenge to rest in my mind, not only in class but throughout my day. I’m learning to CAPTURE thoughts that don’t belong, thoughts I shouldn’t feed into, thoughts I need to THROW OUT.
This thought process led me to a truth found in 2 Corinthians 10:5 which says, “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”
What? How can I seriously captivate EVERY THOUGHT to the obedience of Christ…what the heck does that even mean???? Is that even possible?
Here’s how I see this verse actually playing out in my life. I imagine myself with a super power, and out of my hands comes this energy ball of light, and every time I muse too long on something using my own understanding, I take my hands and make this imaginary circle around the thought, capturing it into a glowing orb of spacey colors. Then, my Master is before me, and all I see is white light and it’s too bright to focus but I sense peace, joy, and an overwhelming feeling of glory, to which I’m forced to bow towards, and in that moment I lay the thought bubble at His feet and a sweeping calm comes over me and I’m free from me.
BOOM! Thought captivated!
I’m still learning who God is, the depths of His ways are far beyond my limited understanding, but in all things I’m drawn to seek Him…even during a yoga class.
Well, tomorrow is Monday and the week is written out, but I’m certain there will be lots of uncertainty. I’ll continue to work hard to cast down signs of defeat and keep on keeping on!
I hope you will too!