Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Gratitude

Photo courtesy of Michelle Norris
Yoga poses.
Body twisted to strengthen, lengthen, unwind.
The process of enduring pain for a time so to grow,
unkink, to remember.



On the mat,
wondering when I will be able to let go, release.
When will I be free from this hardship?
And the teacher's voice says,
Find gratitude for the body that enables you to do this.

And in this physical realm,
I can see how the moves make me stronger,
more able to balance, to be sturdy and firm and graceful.
And so I can find gratitude, even amidst the physical
aches and groans and misery of the moment.

And as I hold, I hear the voice of James echoing in my heart:
Consider it pure joy...when you face trials of many kinds.
I often do not understand it possible to be joyful
among afflictions,
tragedy,
loss,
devastation.
I forget how this, too, might make me
stronger,
more pliable,
bendable,
moldable,
sturdy,
firm.

I forget.
And I don't understand.
And yet, just as I can find gratitude for this body of mine,
even when it shudders and shakes and threatens to topple over
in my yoga pose,
I will find gratitude for all that exists both inside the tragedy
and outside of it.
Even when my spirit is shaky,
When my faith threatens to topple over,
When I feel myself shudder with fear.
I will sing the praises of my Creator.
I will endure the Refiner's Fire.
I will live to see the other side.

(The beautiful picture above is my wonderful yoga teacher, Michelle Norris!)

My simple pleasure is finding a spiritual truth manifested in the physical realm so that I might better understand what God wishes to teach me.

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23 comments :

  1. Such wonderful correlation between yoga and faith...the difficulties, but also the strength & health that comes while holding on in both! Blessings ~ Jen

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  2. Enduring the hard times is different from finding gratitude in them. You are doing both...and praising God at the same time. Sometimes it seems as if we cannot endure the Refiner's fire but if we commit to praising through it all, we will live to see the other side. We just have to have faith. Sometimes it is hard to trust there is light at the end of the tunnel when we see no flickering candle in the distance.

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  3. What a lesson and the photo made me giggle.

    A few years ago I fell and really injuried my back. I had back and leg pain for months. Now when I walk and realize I am walking without pain, I am filled with gratitude.

    Good post, Jen.

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  4. I love this analogy. It brings home the concept of thanks in all circumstances and joy through hardships, so well!

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  5. Great post, Jen. I think all of life is spiritual . . . so this match of physical and spiritual is right up my alley.

    Is that really you? Very very impressive.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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  6. Hey Jen, I was couldn't get past the picture and how I thought "man, how do you get to the pose?" But of course, I ready on and loved whatyou wrote. So true. Now how come that wasn't a picture of you? : )

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  7. What a great analogy. So full of truth. Can't wait to hear more about your time at she speaks.

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  8. Jen, this one is just excellent. I love the way you tied the two together. I loved this part:

    I forget how this, too, might make me
    stronger,
    more pliable,
    bendable,
    moldable,
    sturdy,
    firm.


    (And until you said differently, I thought it was you in that picture. Who I thought had taken it, I dunno...)

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  9. Beautifully said - love the poetry and the tie in to your faith.



    ~Jean

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  10. Jen, so beautiful. I was thinking about my soul doing yoga poses. I know that sounds weird but I was thinking that as we strengthen our bodies with Yoga, we strengthen our souls with the Word and with time spent communing with Christ. So I was wondering if my soul could do such a pose like the picture now. Is it strong enough? I love your poetry.

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  11. I admire anyone who does yoga.
    And I really admire your poetry!

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  12. Yoga and faith require discipline which allows us to free our heart and soul and give us physical and emotional strength to carry on. Great analogy. Beautiful words! Wish I could strike a pose like that. :) Have a great day. Tammy

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  13. Hi Jen,
    Yoga strengthens the body.
    Faith strengthens the soul.
    Wise words..... but I like the way you have explained it in a way we can all relate to.
    God Bless
    Barb from Australia

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  14. powerfully and beautifully written...and wow...didn't know anyone can actually hold themselves like the woman in that picture.....

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  15. is that you!!!??? you are truly a warrior sweet friend! that's for walking with me.

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  16. Thank you so much for this much-needed, beautifully written inspiration.

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  17. Very deep words beautifully written. Amazing yoga pose, I would not have thought that one possible!

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  18. God teaches us in so many ways. All we have to be doing is listening. Beautiful.

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  19. I love it. Love the picture and the lesson. Thank you for sharing this.

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  20. There is nothing like yoga to bring you to The Father! As you twist and turn, you are rejoicing in the fact - that yes, you can do this!

    Be blessed Jen,

    Maria

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