4/27/2020 0 Comments
Self Control in Christian Yoga
I just saw the finale of my covid-companion show, God Friended Me and tomorrow I can FINALLY get back to working safely with the public. I can see the light at the end of this self-isolation tunnel! Sheltering In is winding down and I’m thankful for the opportunity to get back to physically supporting the local economy. Boulder County will keep it’s stay at home orders in place until May 8 yet essential business is back.
I forget what is behind, simultaneously straining to what’s ahead, recognizing the CDC’s urge to wear a fabric face mask. As cumbersome and awkward it may be, creating the ultimate 2020 ski goggles tan, it will require a great deal of self-mastery because I don’t enjoy how it feels on my face and my voice sounds muffled. I’m hopeful that this sacrificial act may be the difference between more Groundhog Days and the freedom to move about the cabin! Of course, there’s no guarantee wearing a mask will quell a resurgence of the virus, but I want to do my part to help my fellow countryman. Helping my brother or sister to not fall into sickness is what I can carry. (Galatians 6:2)
So I ask the Holy Spirit to produce in me the fruit of self-control (Galatians 5:22-23), which is the ability to control myself, in particular my emotions and desires or the expression of them in my behavior, especially in difficult situations. Wearing a mask will challenge my will power.
Our commitment to show up on our yoga mat is one way to grow in our ability to control ourselves. We don’t always feel like practicing but it’s the commitment to self-care that drives us. At F.R.O.G Pose we fully rely on God to integrate into our body’s inner spirit, that which we know to be true in our minds, the Word of God, and that which we feel in our hearts, the love of Jesus, self and others. As you are guided in the 60-minute moving meditation you confront challenging physical poses where you may feel like it’s too hard to push through. With the help of the Breath of the Almighty and your mind’s ability to tap into God’s strength and courage, we believe you can do it! Practice self-discipline of our mind, body and spirit in the safety of our yoga mat so that we can step out to face the world for Christ with that embodied confidence.
Muscle memory is what we are seeking. By focusing on Bible verses, using controlled breathing, praying and being in community, the temple of the Holy Spirit comes into alignment with God’s truths, including self-control. For the spirit God gave us does not make us timid but gives us power, love and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7). Let's exercise the right to wear a mask in public as an act of self-control.
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