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I'm a Yogi and a Jesus Follower

This week we asked the question: Can I follow Jesus and accept other religious ideologies outside of Christianity?
If you missed the sermon, you can watch it back here.

I'm a yogi. That is, I practice yoga. Yoga, rooted in India, is a known spiritual religious practice of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. Although it serves as a form of exercise for me, it actually serves me spiritually in a deep way. After a quick warm up and stretch, we set our intention - our focus for today's practice. Then, we work our bodies really hard through a series of poses to stretch deeper and get stronger than we were yesterday. After 60 minutes or so, our bodies are maxed out, and for the last 15 minutes we slowly cool down into a pose called savasana rest, a deep restoration pose that looks a lot like sleep. It's in this pose where spiritual transformation happens in me - this pose, this rest, this is church for me. The exercise part of my yoga practice focuses my mind and energy toward what my body is doing, which removes my focus from all the chaos and stress happening in my life at the moment. It's a holy distraction that separates me from the world. And when I am fully distracted and separated, I move into savasana, where I am now free to fully focus all of my attention on Jesus and communicate with him silently in a mental space with zero distraction. That's where transformation happens for me. I am passionate about following Jesus, and I'm a yogi. Yoga creates a space for me to follow Jesus more intentionally. For you it may not be yoga, but maybe it's hunting. Maybe for you it's walking or running, fishing or meditation. Maybe it's a warm bath with candles and bath salts. What is it that creates a holy distraction that separates you from the world and creates a space for you to intentionally and fully focus on Jesus? Whatever it is, make time for it - Jesus is worth it. You are worth it.

As I intentionally create a space to focus on Jesus today, help me to connect with You in a deep and transformative way.