1 Corinthians 10:12
So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall!
As I've shared here recently, one of my "take-ons" for Lent has been to resuscitate a simple yoga routine I practiced years ago.
My faithful work outs at the gym have strengthened my arm and leg muscles. This has made holding some poses easier than I recall from the past. It's also created a tautness that begs release. The welcome relief the yoga stretches provide.
There is one pose, however, whose difficulty surprises me.
It is the tree pose.
Where I tighten one leg, imagining it to be as strong and sturdy as the trunk of a tree. Balancing on that leg, I slowly raise the other to, ideally, rest along my inner thigh.
I'm lucky if I can attach it to my calf.
My poor foot and ankle, the roots of my trunk, want to wobble and sway beneath me. Especially, on the left leg.
Even though my elliptical-trained legs are unflinching. And, my eyes are focused firmly on a "point". I lose my balance. Become frustrated.
And, more determined than ever to make it work.
Which makes me momentarily forget my breathing. Something I am trying to keep at the height of awareness during my poses.
I regain my composure. Relax. Listen to and feel the rhythm of my breathing.
And, try again . . .
To stand firm for real.
And, not to fall.
Today marks the half-way point in Lent. How are your resolutions holding up?
Will you pray with me?
We know, Father, that when we stand firmly in You, we will not stumble or fall. Plant the feet of our souls solidly in You as the roots of the mighty oak are set in the earth. Bring balance to our lives in all we do. Amen.
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