Job 11:18 “You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety.”
“What is Yin Yoga?” These are the opening words to a powerful and meditative yoga practice lead by Travis Eliot in his Ultimate Yogi program. Yin, as it turns out, is equal measures of tension, release, persistence, patience, and ultimately…bliss. The program takes you on a roughly 60 minute course of stretching in which each yoga pose is held for three to five (and one time seven) minutes. If you have ever stretched your muscles you know that holding a good, deep stretch for even several seconds can be difficult, mind numbing, sore, and not very exciting. But when each pose puts you in a position that is very much outside of your normal bodily position and then you are asked to hold it, breath deeply, and even consider stretching further your mind is truly tested but your body is all the better for it.
What does Yin Yoga have to do with this blog? Those are the words that I asked myself when I first offered to type today’s entry for Sara. But as has happened so often in my yoga practices over the last several years the answer came to me, and quite clearly. Over the last several weeks I have been truly saddened by the thought that our time abroad is nearly over. I am enjoying being “in the now” every day I am at the hospital with the kids but as soon as I come home I am reminded that we are, every second, closer to the end. But as I completed my hour long stretch I came to the final pose of rest, savasana. It is in this time that you lay completely still, focused on your breathing and feeling your resting body held by the solidity of the Earth. Today, I felt an overwhelming sense of peace.
God filled my mind with the images of all of the amazing moments I have experienced in the last year. I was reminded of faces, places, scares, and joys. I am a big fan of running and have always found time in every stay to run. In this time of rest some of my most vivid recollections were on the runs that I took and the sights that I saw. God knew how to touch my heart and how to fill hy head. I took peace in knowing that I had done what I was called to do and that God had given me so many gifts for doing it. I need not worry about it all ending because the call, for now, is done. I am so very grateful for what I have been given and what I was able to do. I hope that in God’s eyes I did enough and carried out His call in a way that is pleasing.
I hope that He will call me again for whatever purpose He has. Just like Yin Yoga, I just held a deep and powerful year-long stretch and I know that one day I will hold my real and final savasana, but until that time I am ready for the next pose.