We were sitting on the blanket, listening to live music, chatting about the universe and everything. We were feeling grateful for the opportunity to gather outdoor, taking in the beauty around us, and somehow landed on the notion that life in COVID seems lacking in good intention. We were both desiring a need for greater kingdom focus in our daily living. How would you define intention, I asked: “attaining growth.” Admittedly, I’ve lost the habit of seeking ways to share Jesus with others, whether it be serving in ministry, offering invitations to church or tithing.
Webster defines intention as a thing intended, an aim or plan, or the healing process of a wound. This resonated with me in terms of how I approach my yoga mat. In Frogpose Yoga we speak about mindfulness and applying a positive intention at the beginning of each 60-minute class. Normally we set our focus on an inspiring attribute of God or some revealed Biblical truth, as to marry our head and heart knowledge with the physical body. It’s this intentional approach to the practice that I believe heals and grows the heart first and the body second. Christian yoga integrates mind, heart and spirit to bring about holistic healing from the hurts of life. Each physical pose challenges us to find out what’s holding us back from going deeper.
If the fear of muscles quivering or a negative mental block saying “I can’t do this” pose comes up, we put our mind’s eye on our original intention and invoke the intention breath of the Almighty to keep us steadfast. The refocus of the mind to the intention is our encouragement to stay in the fight of keeping the pose. As the Christian warriors that we are, we practice building strength in the Lord on the mat so we can take the head knowledge out into the world around us.
Let us not give up on doing good each day and set our intentions on the things above.
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