Yoga and Prayer…

Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself. Jalaluddin Rumi

Meditation: Yoga has always been a way of relating to one’s body, emotions and spirit that has fascinated me. Today’s quote is by J. Rumi, a world wide known Yoga teacher. If there is one certification I would still like to strive for in the next years, it would be that of a yoga teacher. In the past I never paid attention to my breath, but engaging in Yoga, I came to realize that my breath teaches me a lot. Often I do not realize how I hold my breath whenever I am feeling angry, stressed or anxious, or that I breathe superficially as I am rushing through my day. When I turn inward by breathing deeply, I am becoming calm. I am getting back in touch with myself- my body, my emotions and my spirit. Rumi might be right. How can I decide to change the world when I am not in touch and aware of myself? As I want to make a difference in the world, it is wise to first relate more gently and intimately with myself. That is what both Yoga and prayer help me practice. And although I might not become a Yoga teacher in the end, I am happily dedicated to remain a Yoga student for life.

Prayer: God, giver of breath, provider of healing for our body, mind and spirit. Thank you for the practice of Yoga. Thank you for breathing deeply, for stretching our body and with it reaching deeper into our soul and spirit. You invite us to slow down. You call us to become aware of ourselves. Let us not fall into the temptation of trying to change others or the world instead of first attending to and changing ourselves. Amen

I will remember my song in the night; I will meditate with my heart, and my spirit ponders. Psalm 77:6