Embrace the Wavering

When my yoga teacher invites us into a balance pose, she reminds us to “embrace the wavering.”  She says that it is in the subtle movement that happens while trying to balance that actually strengthens our muscles and our pose. So rather than trying to remain absolutely still, balance is about embracing the small (and sometimes large) movements.  Balance is a dynamic, rather than static place.  It is in this wavering that we become stronger, in becoming fully present to the internal micro-movements of our lives. I find great comfort in this invitation, both in yoga practice and life practice.  I feel like much of my Lenten practice this year is about this very principle.  I am on the journey like all of you, I have moments when I feel strong and centered and balance emerges from a place within me.  But I also have many moments where I struggle with the wavering, with the pull in many directions that all seem life-giving until there are too many of them and I become stretched.  My Lenten practice is to step intentionally into the wavering, to embrace it rather than resist, and in the process become stronger and more resilient.

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This week’s Poetry Party was filled with wisdom as usual.  Make sure to go read the poems there for lots of marvelous Lenten reflections. I am blessed with such talented and visionary readers.  The winner of this week’s drawing for a copy of  Illuminating Mystery: Creativity as a Spiritual Practice is Nichol Newcomb.  Please send me your snail mail and I will send that out to you as soon as it is printed — sometime by mid-March.  As I mentioned in my Ash Wednesday post, I will still be blogging during Lent but am taking a break from hosting the Poetry Parties again until the Easter season.  If you’d like to be notified of the next date, please sign up for my email list below.

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Thank you to everyone who sent such warm and wonderful prayers for Petunia’s surgery and recovery.  She is home now and did well, although sleepy and sore. She and I will spend much of the weekend resting together, restoring each of us bodily.  I will get the results of the biopsy next week.

Blessings on your own weekend, may it be filled with the peace of Sabbath.

(c) Christine Valters Paintner at Abbey of the Arts:
Transformative Living through Contemplative & Expressive Arts

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