. . .Your body is the temple of the spirit. 1 Corinthians 6:19
Earlier this week I had the opportunity to attend the weekly Yoga on the Labyrinth practice at Grace Cathedral, (taught by one of my Yoga Tree teachers), for the first time. It starts at 6:15 pm and I entered right at 6:14 pm. The hour prior was filled with a bit of chaos – two crying babies as my fiance arrived home and we passed the torch so to speak. Crazy traffic at the Golden Gate Bridge and all along what I thought would be a less traveled route to the cathedral; then a few circles around the block until I finally found a parking spot. I raced to the front steps of the cathedral only to find a construction fence and the grand entry torn up for renovations. I spotted the street level door, ran up the stairs and emerged at the back of the altar. Stepping into the space took my breath away and the stress of the chaotic travel immediately melted away. I moved to the Bay Area in 2007 and can’t believe this was the first time I visited Grace Cathedral. Beautiful. And packed. I’ve heard it draws a crowd, but I didn’t realize there would be hundreds of people! I found a spot several bays back from the labyrinth, unrolled my mat, the live music began and I enjoyed one of the most sacred experiences I’ve ever had. The last bit of sun illuminated the gorgeous stained glass windows and filled the vast space with a warm glow for a relaxing and meditative evening. Plus, I was able to catch up with a friend after and have a glass of wine together… which I believe is also yoga!
What I find so incredible about yoga is that it transcends. It has the ability to cultivate a deep spirituality, but it is not a religion. Yoga has its roots in Hinduism, but there are no limitations on who or where one practices yoga. Race, sexual orientation, religious beliefs and political affiliation means nothing in yoga, which makes it such a uniting force for all humanity.
People of all faiths and cultures can find the body-centered meditation of yoga as a great way to improve health, quiet the mind, open the heart and deepen one’s spirituality. To learn more: Yoga on the Labyrinth + Darren Main
Beautiful time lapse:
P.S. Alopecia isn’t life-threatening, but it’s life changing. I feel I’ve made peace with it, but there are times when it isn’t so easy to see that peace. However, yoga and meditation helps to create space for inner peace during those times when it isn’t so clear. I’ve said this before, but just as a reminder… you are not alone! Take good care. XO
Passing on some inspiration…
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.