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Meditations from the Mat

September 7, 2016

simpleIt was a dark hour. In many ways. Thousands of miles away from home with an infant who wouldn’t sleep, was the situation I found myself in a few weeks ago when we flew to Kansas to visit family. There is just something so discouraging about an endless, dark night. Every new parent, insomniac, or anxiety stricken person can relate. Faced with the task of getting my child to sleep in his bed and not my arms, I felt spent.

Yet, just when you have lost your motivation to keep going, God has a way of reminding you why you are still standing.

It’s a meditation I shared in my yoga class recently.  A mantra I have adopted when faced with new challenges as a mom. To some, it may have seemed odd or out of place. Not everyone can jump inside my head and understand why I choose the mantras I do. Love endures all things.And right on cue, my child is screaming from his crib.

Love. It is a seemingly simple concept until we get into the grit and sweat of it.

Love endures all things. The reality is there are many seasons of love but what makes it true is our faithfulness through every one.

Think about the relationships in your life. How does this truth apply to your friend, spouse, child, and God?

And my son just broke a key off my keyboard so . . .that’s all for now. Deep breath. Love.

 

Light

June 2, 2016

ttronslien-Being a new mom, I have experienced many anxieties. It is a side of myself I didn’t know could exist. This anxiety was magnified recently when my little one started sleeping upstairs in his crib.

The first night he did well. I, on the other hand, did not. I couldn’t shut my brain off. My heart was pumping with adrenaline, and I was glued to the monitor. Finally after 4 am, I was able to relax enough to sleep.

The next day, as I prepared to put him down for a nap, I reflected on my mental state then compared to the night before. I felt a lot calmer. The difference being, it was daytime. I was up and so was the sun.

It is funny, the things that we fear in the dark. The light not only reveals what is hidden but brings comfort to those who are afraid.

And I thought about the passage where Jesus says we are the light of the world. It gave me new perspective to not only think about being someone to reveal Christ as Truth to the world but also to show them the comfort and confidence that we receive through the knowledge of Christ.

His perfect love casts out our fear and gives us confidence in His grace.

Take a quiet moment today to reflect on Matthew 5:14. Start your meditation by simply being still and connecting to your breath. Let it connect you to your body and the sensation of your breath. Clear your mind and accept the silence. Then take each word of the 16 word verse and meditate on them individually. Next, reflect on the whole verse and think about light and what its function.

 How does that add to the meaning of this verse and how does it apply to your life?

Rebirth

May 3, 2016

FullSizeRender (1)As many of you know, I delivered a beautiful baby boy into the world on March 2nd. My first child. I delivered him naturally, without pain medications, and underwent the hardest, most painful and difficult task of my life.

New life. It’s a miracle to behold. The design of woman’s body to grow a child in her womb, then deliver that child. And feed him with her body. It’s a beautiful plan.But one thing I am now dealing with is getting this body back into shape.

Not only is child birth traumatic but the after effects are pretty traumatic as well.

It can do a number to your self esteem. And though I am excited to get back to unmodified yoga and running, the results can’t come fast enough.

I wanted to take this time to share a parallel God revealed to me recently. When Christ died on the cross for us, his body was broken. He underwent pain so that we may have new life. A similar, yet less severe example is that of child birth. When we choose to create life and bring it into the world to live, we are not just choosing the cute pregnancy pictures. We are choosing to let our bodies be broken and used up so that another may have life.

 So I will keep this in mind. Next time I am doing yoga and shuddering at my saggy belly, I will remember that the sacrifice was worth it and linger in the magnitude of God’s sacrifice for me.

The Heart Behind the Yogi

April 25, 2015

Clock fleur de lisOftentimes when I prepare a class, there is an even mix of strategic planning and spontaneous spiritual leading. Recently I shared a verse from Psalm with my class and I admitted it was something that was on my heart but I didn’t explain why. Now I want to take the opportunity to open a door for you, into the heart behind the yogi. Continue Reading…

Charity and Contentment

February 17, 2015

shoes-5Until recently, extra spending money and shopping for fun were foreign concepts to me. I was always raised to see things like clothes and food from a practical standpoint. It didn’t matter if I wasn’t in style. It was what we had and we learned to be content. Continue Reading…

I was recently asked to respond to an article, discovered by one of my students. I have touched on this topic before but am always excited to return to the debate.

Therefore, let me present to you my response to the following article: Should Christians Do Yoga

First of all, let me say I admire Laurette for what she is doing. PraiseMoves is a great idea! I have tried similar techniques in my yoga classes before, and I am excited to see she is using postures and scripture together to minister to many. Continue Reading…

Perspectives From the Mat

January 29, 2015

PrenatalAs another season of teaching prenatal yoga begins, I have become aware once again to the beauty and excitement of creation. I love being a part of young women’s lives during this season, where a unique person is being created. To be able to help in whatever way I can with their journey through pregnancy is a privilege. Continue Reading…

Yoga Therapy

January 16, 2015

ttronslien-Yoga is breath and movement. It is a mind-body connection that renews and ignites. There are so many things I love about yoga but one of its most appealing qualities, to many, is its therapy. Not just physical therapy, though that is part of it. But yoga opens an intimate and vulnerable piece of the student through the poses and techniques. Continue Reading…

Best Made Plans

December 31, 2014

Five WeeksnewsIt wasn’t until recently that I actually started feeling ambitious. Ambitious for the goals I have set for the New Year. Seth and I aren’t much into “resolutions” per say but we encourage each other to make goal lists every year at this time. Continue Reading…

Passion and Purpose

November 3, 2014

Something that was said recently put my current feelings about life into perspective. “Lord, teach me to count my days so that I might present to you a heart of wisdom.” These are words spoken by Moses in Psalm 90.

I have always loved Psalm 90. It is so dark, and real, and emo all rolled up into one big beautiful prose. I have designated it for my funeral because it speaks so much truth about life and death. Continue Reading…