Winter

Yoga Nidra

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons Early Winter 2020 | Reflections on the Practice of Sabbath Every six weeks or so, we turn our attention toward sabbath. We explore the practice of rest. We all know that rest is 'important.' But that doesn't necessarily mean we value it or know how to do it. My husband is a long distance runner and his training regime is intense. He's been reading a coaching book and told me the author talks about 'deploying rest' just as you deploy effort. He says things like: "this would be a good day to ... (Continue Reading)

By |2020-03-13T11:30:37-07:00January 26th, 2020|Meditation, Sabbath, Winter, Yoga, Yoga Church Sunday Sermons|0 Comments

Early Winter Part 4: Connecting with Divine Mystery

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons JOIN US for the online Yoga Church Sunday Gathering. Click here for the details. I've got a great sermon for you this morning. It's the last one in our early winter series (I've loved this group of sermons). As you know we've been exploring Divine Mystery. We started with what it means to be a seeker, then we explored yearning, last week we dove into the practice of finding refuge, and this week we're talking about connection. Divine Mystery is, well, mysterious. But ... (Continue Reading)

By |2023-12-02T09:44:50-08:00January 19th, 2020|Winter, Yoga Church Sunday Sermons|0 Comments

Early Winter Part 3: Finding Refuge

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons Early Winter 2020 | Opening to Mystery Our sermon this week explores some common themes of the yoga church: How do we root our identity in something deeper than the always shifting nature of life? How do we find refuge and comfort in a world that can't offer absolute security? If you struggle at all with perfectionism or anxiety, please watch this sermon. It ends with a poem by Rainer Maria Rilke and I got this message from one of the women on our film crew: "I have to tell you, I WEPT ... (Continue Reading)

By |2020-11-13T15:25:27-08:00January 12th, 2020|Winter, Yoga Church Sunday Sermons|0 Comments

Early Winter Part 2: Yearning

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons JOIN US for the online Yoga Church Sunday Gathering. Click here for the details. When you listen deeply inward, what do you yearn for? Yearning is a feeling. And it can be hard to talk about... So in this sermon I share stories. I talk about evangelicals, atheists, the unknowable name of God, two characters from the Hebrew Bible, and Krishna's true form. It doesn't really have an ending (yearning isn't about resolution), but I'll admit my writer's heart wishes I could change ... (Continue Reading)

By |2023-12-02T11:36:38-08:00January 5th, 2020|Winter, Yoga Church Sunday Sermons|1 Comment

Early Winter Part 1: Seeking

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons JOIN US for the online Yoga Church Sunday Gathering. Click here for the details. After spending several years diving deep into the cyclical nature of the seasons, the New Year seems too linear to me. And the overwhelming flow of "New Year, New You!" marketing messages is a complete turn off. Everyone's telling us we need to improve. We need to be better. And they've got 3-easy steps to help us become thinner, more productive, health machines! All these messages are calling us toward self-aggression ... (Continue Reading)

By |2023-12-02T09:19:13-08:00December 29th, 2019|Winter, Yoga Church Sunday Sermons|2 Comments

Spiritual Practices for the Winter Solstice

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons Spiritual Practices for the Winter Solstice Through the practice of intentional season keeping we can let our souls rest in our intrinsic relationship with Nature. We can reconnect with the rhythm of the earth and the festivals our ancestors celebrated. We can follow the natural cycle of balance-activity-balance-rest and find healing from the stress, depression, anxiety, and general spiritual malaise that affects so many of us.  Remember the wheel of the year isn't linear. There's no hard stop. It's a constant cycle of waxing and waning. We're coming to the end of the ... (Continue Reading)

By |2020-06-19T19:04:23-07:00December 20th, 2019|Winter, Yoga Church Sunday Sermons|3 Comments

External Darkness Internal Light | Winter Solstice (2018)

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons. December 16th, 2018 Is the sun up for you yet? Where I live the sun rises about 8am and sets around 4pm. And in between it never really gets that high. It sort of hugs the southern horizon all day. Earlier this week I painted a little triptych of its journey... External Darkness Internal Light (Winter Solstice) Watch: or Listen: or Read: As we explored last week we’re currently in the season of Advent—which is a season of waiting. Living in the Northern Hemisphere, I understand the timing ... (Continue Reading)

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