I learned something in yoga today that would have benefitted me 50 years ago, nearer my youth. I learned that expanding one’s chest to breathe deeply, fully draws in feminine, recipient energy, while exhaling unleashes masculine strength and power into the world.
No wonder a guy made a fortune on a slogan to “Live Strong” and that I, the one who learned to be strong in the midst of a quicksand childhood and adult life, was an ardent proponent. No wonder learning to be a recipient of God’s grace, to yield and let it enliven every cell, came after a difficult life lesson. Strength comes from a different power source than one’s self, and when one’s self is a recipient.
Better late than never. Better now than not at all.
Now that I look at the graphic, I see that the posture of arms spread wide – the motion that allows the receipt of full breath – is the opener of a huge hug, something that I embody regularly.
This is the yoga posture that should be called Child’s Pose.
What a beautiful gift God has given us. You write about it beautifully
thanks for sharing this life with me, Judi
I also like the reclining goddess pose which is so helpful for releasing grief. Lie on your back with your feet together as close as you can get them to your body with your hands above your head. Use cushions to rest your knees on the side as most of us can’t get our knees clear down to the floor in this position. Besides releasing grief it is a great hip opener. Close your eyes and meditate on our awesome God or just listen to your breath and say your favorite mantra.
Cheryl, what is your favorite mantra?
I have several and they will be included in the book that will be for ‘sale’ to raise funds for Hope Wellness Center at GNO, Friday, October 18. I know that you are coming to listen and encourage. Will you help to ‘sell’ the books, too.
of course I will be glad to help you sell the books at GNO.
One of my favorite mantras is (breathing in) I am healthy and(breathing out) I am loved.
I did a 3 1/2 hour yoga retreat Saturday at a house in HB close to the ocean. Beautiful ocean breezes, waterfall in the background, six lovely ladies. We did stretching yoga, partner yoga, isolate muscles by holding and letting go, a break, then laughing yoga at the end for an hour!! Wow did I feel great in mind body and soul!!!!
As an additional piece of info, the word enthusiasm comes from two Greek words: ” en theos”, in God or God in us. Share your enthusiasm!
Jambo Jimbo – thanks for sharing this, which will appear in a post soon (I’m still 6 weeks ahead from the day before my surgery in February, my way to occupy myself so I wouldn’t worry. Another surgery is next week: finally removing my portocather.)
God is in all good things, God is love, God is in you PJ. Sometimes when we pause like when we’re getting a hug we feel God presents. Maybe that’s why I love hugs! Moments of time with God!
Will give you a big hug the next time I meet you, Sandy 😉