Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Yoga, the divine in me - BALANCE

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
- Hebrews 12:2

I have come to learn through practice and instruction balance poses in yoga bring about an ease in tension and reduce bodily fatigue by increasing core strength. I cannot physically engage in a balance pose without first honing my focus and concentration allowing the distractions of this world to melt away.  

If I allow tension to occur in my body balance will not occur. So, in order for me to enter in to a posture of balance I must effectively remove the distractions through mental concentration or I will simply tip over. I have also come to incorporate in to my practice of balance poses the use of the breath to aid in releasing tension.

Certain balance postures are calming while others are invigorating and revitalizing.

The divine in me, that is to recall God dwelling in me, occurs when I allow Him to reign in me. That is to say balance occurs in my life when my concentration turns to Jesus and what He did for me on the cross. My focus moves away from my SELF: my personal agenda and my personal pleasure. This intense focus allows me to melt away the distractions of the world and to ease my carnal cravings. The second I loose sight of Jesus’ grace I fall over per se: distractions like loneliness, persecution, betrayal, or injustice consume my focus.

Jesus is familiar with all our sufferings and was tempted to react in sin just as we are yet, He was without sinful reactional behaviors. He can “totally” sympathize with our weaknesses (Hebrews -16). Jesus experienced being hated. He experienced being misunderstood. He experienced false accusation. He was mocked, lied to, and beaten.

Jesus gives us access to God through His reverent submission to God’s will even to a heinous death on the cross. Not only does Jesus understand what we go through, He took our place on the cross.

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
- Hebrews 4:14-16

Because Jesus intercedes on our behalf, pray all kinds of prayers in all kinds of ways in HIS name:

That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
- 2 Corinthians 12:10

It is Jesus’ death and resurrection that give me the perspective I need to have a posture of humility, mercy, and servant hood. This life is not about me. When we carry around in us Jesus’ perspective we maintain a balance of peace and joy that transcends worldly understanding.

Jesus is what I hone my focus on so that the tension I create melts away. How about you? Where do you place your focus?


Anonymous said...

This post makes me think of two things.
1. The old hymn "turn your eyes upon Jesus".

"Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His Glory and Grace."

2. Peter getting that "sinking feeling" when he took his focus off Jesus to look at the waves crashing around him.

Heb 12:2