Underneath the Thinking, The Noise and the Pain…

To know yourself as the Being underneath the thinker, the stillness underneath the mental noise, the love and joy underneath the pain, is freedom, salvation, enlightenment. Eckhart Tolle

Meditation: For the past months, every Saturday morning,  I am attending a Yoga class in the community center close by. It is the highlight of my week. A busy week as a counseling director and as a Mom lies behind me, and I am not yet needing to prepare the sermon for Sunday. It is this beautiful in between time. It is this “being” time in between the “doing times”. Every time after stretching our bodies with peaceful music playing, we end the time with “Savasana”, a resting pose where we are lying calmly and peacefully – all stretched out, all warm and deeply breathing. The yoga teacher then says a prayer of peace. I am truly feeling “calm, quiet and content like a weaned child.” Often I allow myself to hold on to this feeling a little longer by taking a long nap in my car right after class. This is why I always have a blanket and a pillow with me. And so, Saturday mornings are those hours when I am allowed to “be” instead of “do”. I practice stillness in my otherwise quite noisy life, and I joyfully feel and rest my body and my soul.

Prayer: Gracious God, those moments of uniting my body and my Spirit, of calming my mind and of allowing myself to “be and to rest” are priceless. I am so grateful for the Yoga teacher’s peaceful spirit. She creates this space where those who come can connect with their bodies and with You, as the Spirit of Peace. Thank You for saving us from our never ending “doing”. Thank You for the freedom from having to function at all times. Thank You for being present when our minds get still and our body, soul and spirit get realigned. Thank You for making us feel calm, quiet and content in Your care. Amen

 I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content. Psalm 131: 2