What’s the hardest thing you’ve tried today?
Me? I take a yin yoga class on Friday mornings and, on the surface, yin style yoga looks simple – the practice focuses on stretching and stillness. From the outside looking in, it appears as if nothing of significance is happening.
Yes, it’s uncomfortable AND yes, you’ll be okay…
There’s a saying in yoga that goes something like “the pose begins when you want to leave it.” Yin requires that you hold a stretch for up to five minutes. At about minute 2, your brain starts to tell you that it’s too hard. Minute 3 you’re at the grocery store. Minute 4 your mind is throwing a temper tantrum. And finally, around minute 5 we move on to the next stretch. Each time you realize you’ve let your mind get distracted, you bring your focus back to the breath.
It’s a long, intentional hour of focus and concentration. And a series of uncomfortable poses.
What made this morning’s class all the more challenging is that I haven’t been on the mat in a couple of weeks. As soon as we moved into the first pose, I knew I was in trouble. My muscles were tight and my brain fidgety.
When faith feels fragile
My faith is feeling much the same way today. I’ve been out of sorts lately, and God feels a long way off. Out of reach.
Faith, on the surface, looks deceptively simple.
But to intentionally practice and build faith takes much more than saying “yeah, I trust God.”
It requires time on the mat if you will. To keep showing up and saying “here I am Lord” and “what are we doing today?” And it also requires stillness and perseverance in those times of “uncomfortable poses” when we think the discomfort will never end.
…let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith… Hebrews 12:1-2
So yeah – that’s my hard thing today – get up, suit up, and show up even though I feel like He’s miles away. He’s there – I just can’t see him.
It’s Five Minute
Friday Saturday… five (ahem) minutes of uninterrupted writing…no editing. No overthinking. Just write! The exercise of writing for just five minutes is to help build a writing discipline and I thank you for tagging along as I work on my writing craft! You can learn more about and join the FMF writing challenge at www.fiveminutefriday.com
Today’s word: Intentional – link up here.