When I see photos of people standing with arms reaching to the heavens, or sitting in cross-legged positions, I am told by the captions or titles, meditation is being exhibited.
Arms may be outstretched and palms upwards as if to catch a falling leaf (or in my case, this time of year cottonwood) drifting downward to meet you, they pose as if in a trance or certainly calm jubilance (is that a word?). Eyes are closed and chin lifted proudly with back straightened and shoulders back. You get the idea I am trying to present.
Breath in, and breath out…slowly, methodically and repeatedly. Alright, but what else is happening to make you carry that frown on your face. What is that contented look really all about.
I understand that people seem to be more and more into Yoga. They even have groups meeting at our churches, but call it by some other name so as not to offend anyone. “Prayer Yoga” or some other given name. But, me being a Christian, and some may say ignorant of the Eastern cultures where I believe this all started (Yoga), I find myself restless and offended. It is more than because I don’t fully understand what this form of “art” and “exercise” (which is my conclusion to describe it) is all about, but the Spirit that lives within mean seems to be telling me to not partake in such practices.
God gives us discernment if we are in HIM. If Jesus Christ is truly our Savior and Lord there should be no other. This seems to be about finding peace or balance or contentment, from another place that excludes any “Savior”.
I know that I need a “Savior”. He is my peace and I can find my contentment only in Him. If I think I can replace, substitute, exchange my person, to whom it is, I hold the highest standard and who deserves my all, I am being misguided. I will only be let down and disappointed. I will find myself always seeking for more. I will never be satisfied.
Some of these “religions” will tell you that you can be “like God”, just as Satan told Eve in the garden. “Take a bite…..you will know what God knows.” (Genesis 3:5) This all sounds very attractive and enticing to some seeking for hope and healing, restoration, peace and serenity. However, in fact, this is worship of something or someone other than God, your Heavenly Father and Creator.
“You shall have no other God’s before me.” (Exodus 20:3)
When we get into these trances, these mind games, because this is what it looks like to me but may not be in all cases, I realize I can’t know the mind of anyone, only God can, it concerns me as it should you, if you are not in the right place. Do not think you can ever be equal to God. Any religion professing you can, is against God.
I received a text message from my son who is an adult, and I know he is into Yoga and mentions it to me, however very briefly, that I should try “it”. What is “it”? Some balancing exercises? I do that already. Meditation? If that is prayer and worship to my Lord and Savior, I am already there. He sent me a photo of himself in the position, a meditation sitting position. I only tell myself that I am called not to judge anyone. I remind myself.
I am not sure what to do as a mom who loves her children other than pray for their safety and their salvation. God loves them more than I and He is the one who calls and chooses each one of us. It is the hardest thing to accept for me at times. Yet, I hold on to God’s promises in the Bible and ask God to continue to make me strong and courageous for HIM.
To God be the GLORY and nothing else matters!
“Why have they provoked me to anger with their images, with their worthless foreign idols?” (Jeremiah 8:19)