1/10/2021 1 Comment
Observe the Sloth in Christian Yoga
And so is the balance of life in Costa Rica. Pura Vida, they say. Pure Life!Hello Froggers,
I wake to the sound of birds singing their welcoming song of a new day. My ears are attuned to the billow of the waves that continually roll without ceasing. Like clockwork, at that perfect moment, the tide switches from coming in to going out. It rises and falls every 12 hours or so, with such a perfect balance that, perhaps, only the avid surfer might notice. You might argue for low tide so as to explore the little creatures caught in the warm tidepools of water, yet I feel the zeal of diving into waves.
The sun is dawning, illuminating the leaves of the mango tree, signaling for local sloth to settle into her nocturnal rest, just as I set my feet on the floor to begin anew. Each morning I check the tree to see if she’s still there. I now understand why the sloth is related to the word slow. She doesn’t go very far. She maintains a very low metabolism, eating low-energy leaves and hence has deliberate movements to conserve energy. She’s so slow that green algae grows in her hair which provides the perfect camouflage, blending her into the bark of the tree.
The perspective of looking up at the sloth from under the canopy of the tree is a juxtaposition by the work of the ants under our feet. Kat can attest to their speed of jumping into action. Standing bare foot in the grass looking up at the sloth and being instantly ambushed by the tiny nibbling on her toes, is enough to have us both running for the hose bib to gain sweet relief. Those pesky little ants are SPIRITED to say the least!
Proverbs 6:6-11 points out that those of us who live sloth-like lives afford to gain wisdom by considering the ways of the ant. The ant is a mover and shaker, a gatherer and storer of provisions. Noting, if I slow down too much, poverty and scarcity will come on me like a thief…biting at my ankles, so to speak.
Just as this week’s bible verse explains, we approach a power flow on the yoga mat, with similar intention. We attempt to strike a balance in the mind between the slow and methodical and intensity in our postures. How is this possible? We invoke controlled breathing. Verbal cuing inhalations and exhalations (Intentional breath) helps slow down the mind and allows the body to continue pushing through sometimes challenging poses. We allow the breath to flow over us like the ocean waves giving us the ferver we need to push through the hard stuff.
Join us on Wednesday at no for our weekly F.R.O.G. Pose Beginner Flow as we focus on the attribute of our faith which is increased zeal without slothfulness. Get challenged as we try some balancing poses on both our hands and our feet. We will use the breath of the Almighty to give us life and a fervent spirit. Let’s be inspired by our friends the sloth and ant to find that sweet spot of action from inaction.
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See you on your mats!
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1/11/2021 06:30:21 am
Great stuff to think about for sure.
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