CAN’T TAKE MY ZEN!

Zen with an explanation mark…such an oxymoron but oh so funny.

So my friend was telling us how a coworker of hers told her, “DON’T LOSE YOUR ZEN!” She told her this because she had a slew of new assignments to take on from her job.

How can we obtain zen and still be able to take on all of the responsibilities of the day?

She and I began to list all of the methods in which we used to create and maintain our zen:

Lavender oil

Tea

Melatonin

Meditation

Incense

Candles

Prayer/Devotion

Prayer Beads

Yoga

Everything a girl needs to try to center themselves live in their zen. lol

What is zen anyways?

  • Zen is more of an attitude than a belief.
  • Zen is the peace that comes from being one with an entity other than yourself.
  • Zen means being aware of your oneness with the world and everything in it.
  • Zen means living in the present and experiencing reality fully.
  • Zen means being free of the distractions and illusory conflicts of the material world.
  • Zen means being in the flow of the universe.
  • Zen means experiencing fully the present, and delighting in the basic miracle of life itself.

(Derek Lin)

This simple list focuses on the idea of meditation and intuition.  Even as I look at this list I wonder..What is my attitude today?  What is my relationship with God today? Tomorrow? This week? This month? Am I aware of how I feel? Am I aware of those around me? The world around me? Do I experience the world around me to the fullest? Do I stay in the present? Is my mind free of anxiety, worry and distractions? Can I let go and let God? Can I allow God to take on my problems? Can I flow with the daily day to day? Do I always have to be in control? Am I grateful for what I have been blessed with? Am I grateful with the beautiful world around me?

So many questions to consider.  Yet I use these ideas, these sentences as an anchor for my intuition and meditation daily.  Each day is different. Each day has its own challenges and problems. How do I handle it? I challenge myself with this each day but I acknowledge my feelings and shortcomings.  This only makes me stronger in my self…my zen.

 

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Christmas Time Yoga

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Christmas Mindful Meditation: I create harmony and love in all my relationships.

Christmas Track :

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Christmas Asana:

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Christmas Devotion :

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Holy Yoga : Jesus at the Core Workshop

On January 25th my friend Racquel and I attended the Holy Yoga: Jesus at the Core workshop at Park Cities Baptist Church. It was a very refreshing experience to finally get to combine yoga and worship openly with other people. I am thankful for this moment and to have shared it with such a close friend. We were even lucky to meet Brooke Boon herself ( the author of Holy Yoga).

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Brooke delivered a great devotional, meditation and yoga practice for the day. I was tired but yearned for more. In Brooke’s devotional she reflected on:

Psalm 37:4

Delight ourselves in The Lord!

Be Delicate: Soft , delicate, transformed, molded.

Know that God created us in the end in mind.

Be soft in the hand of the father = delight on the father.

We love because he loved us.

Pursue delight in The Lord.

Delight: to make merry over.

Delight in me, but not before I delight in you.

God is interested in making merry over you.

Position yourself in a space for him to love you.

Just know that: God is……

Ephesians 1:11 it’s in me that you find out who you are and why you’re living.

1 John 4:19

The humility of delight in The Lord.

As I worshipped and prayed I thought of the phrase ” I will delight in you Lord.” Over and over that phrase gave me strength, purpose an happiness in my practice. At the end of our practice Brooke prayed and she simply said, “GOD Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” Immediately I was filled with spirit and burst into quiet tears. I heard my friend Racquel crying next to me. It was a beautiful moment to experience with such a good friend. God was there with us in that moment. A moment when we deeply needed to hear him.

While we practiced Brooke played Ryan Adam’s acoustic cover of Wonderwall by Oasis. I never have applied a secular song to GOD before but it fit perfectly.

“Maybe. You’re gonna be the one that saves me. And after all you’re my wonderwall. ”

Wow.

Meditation (Holy Yoga)

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I have been reading the book “Holy Yoga” by Booke Boon. I thuroughly enjoy it. She has a section on meditation and devotion that I admire and often use during my practice.

    Scripture Meditation

You may decide you’d like to try a type of Christian meditation that’s a bit more structured and based on passages of Scripture. There is an ancient form of meditation called lectio divina that people have practiced for centuries, and it has recently enjoyed a resurgence in popularity across Christian denominations. The meditation I’m outlining here is loosely based on traditional lectio divina and should be practiced when you’d like to spend at least thirty to sixty minutes in uninterrupted meditation.

Get Quiet and Pray
First, choose the passage on which you’d like to meditate. It could be one or two verses, but no more than ten. Settle yourself in a quiet place with your Bible, study materials if you have them, your journal, and a pen. Make sure you won’t be disturbed, and that you are comfortable. Pray that you will have God’s leading in this process and that you will be open to His voice.

Study
Read the passage you’ve selected. Make sure you understand it. Read the surrounding verses if you need to, or the notes in your Bible or any other commentary you have available. Psalm 119:27 says, “Let me understand the teaching of your precepts; then I will meditate on your wonders.” The principle is that first we learn and appreciate the passage, then we meditate on it.

Once you are comfortable with your understanding of the passage, begin to ponder it. Turn it over in your mind, looking at it from different angles. See if your perspective on this passage is enlarged or enhanced. One way to do this is to take a brief verse and emphasize different words each time you say it. For example, Matthew 28:20: “I am with you always.”
I am with you always.
I am with you always.
I am with you always.
I am with you always.
I am with you always.

It can be enlightening to see just how many meanings we can glean from just a few words!

Respond
Now allow yourself to personally interact with the passage. Ask yourself, How does this touch me today? What words stand out to me? What emotions does this passage elicit in me? How does it enlarge my understanding of God or my relationship to Him? Does this passage motivate me?

Pray
Now, pray the passage aloud. Speak God’s Words back to Him. Continue praying through the passage and allowing God to speak to you as long as you feel led. Leave room for silence in which you simply sit still and know that He is God.

Rest
Last, rest for a bit. Enjoy God’s presence. Don’t think too hard—just experience God’s love and His message to you if He has one. Now is a good time to make notes about your experience in your journal.

Excerpt From: Boon, Brooke. “Holy Yoga.” Faith Words, 2009-06-27. iBooks.
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Strength and Guidance in Tough Situations (Proverbs 3:5-6)

So I have been put in another uncomfortable situation.  Hearing a story and deciding to tell someone about it.  There is no question. I am going to tell someone about something that was told to me in confidence. Not to be at tattle tale, but because it involves the safety and well being of another.  I don’t want to hurt the person in question, but I know that doing what I most lawfully must do, will benefit the other person in the end.

I usually drown myself in depression and deep thought in situations like this, but I refuse.  I merely have asked God for guidance. No longer will I push my emotions to the limits.  I plan to submit myself to God’s will and lean not on my own understanding but rest my fears and anxiety on him alone.

I asked for guidance in my life not only in this sensitive situation, but in my own endeavors. I have been feeling very lethargic in my view of work lately.  I get up and go, constantly move, think, and WORK!  I have physically beaten my body to pieces for the sake of being successful at work.  I have damaged my ankle, my voice, my over all health and well being to get the job done. No more. I cannot submit myself to my job anymore. I have to live for me. I have to go to sleep at night instead of staying up late to complete a task. I have to enjoy time with the ones I love. I have to see the world outside my office, house or computer screen.  I have to LIVE!

Tonight I stayed at work until 6:30 pm (trust me that is early for me to leave).  I gathered my things, ran through the rain to go to Sprouts in hopes of making it in time for yoga at 7:45 pm.  Well things did not work out ask planned, but I did decide to buy food to cook.  YES I BOUGHT FOOD TO COOK! I have been relying on my boyfriend and restaurateurs to provide me with my daily meals.  I decided to put my foot down, shell out the cash to buy food and spend the time to cook it!  So I got home, with bags in tow,  I walk into a room filled with music, energy and the smell of food!  My boyfriend had the same idea! He came home early to cook a delicious healthy meal for the two of us. I was thankful and it put me in such a positive mindset.

I had time to spend with family, time to eat (before 9 pm) and time to even do YOGA!!! I am thankful.  I know all days may not be like this, but I at least have today, and I am thankful.  Seeking guidance to live a more healthy, well balanced life!

 

YOGA FLOW: 

STEADINESS, BALANCE AND STABILITY

1. STANDING SIDE BEND

2. STANDING FORWARD BEND

3. CHAIR POSE

4. DOWN DOG

5. CHATURANGA DANDASANA

6. CAT POSE VARIATION

7. COW POSE VARIATION

8. ONE LEGGED, DOWNWARD FACING DOG POSE

9. HIGH LUNGE

10. DOWN DOG

11. HEART CHAKRA POSE

12. HALF FROG POSE

13. DOWN DOG

14. CAMEL POSE

15. DOWN DOG

DEVOTIONAL 

Reading: Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

Focus: Guidance and Strength

 

EVENING RESTORATIVE YOGA AND DEVOTION: COMFORT (PSALM 34:19)

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I took it very gently this evening.  I completed an at home restorative practice. It was very nice.

Items used for this practice:

1. Yoga Blocks

2. Comfy Yoga Mat

3. Blanket

4. Bolster

5. Candlelight

6. Devotional Reading Book

7. Peppermint and Lavender Rub

RESTORATIVE YOGA SEQUENCE

DEVOTIONAL

Focus: Comfort

Reading: Psalm 34:19

A righteous man may have many troubles but the Lord delivers him from them all.