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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 Early Winter 2020 | Opening to Mystery 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 I don't think it's beyond our grasp. In fact, I think it's everywhere. One of the ... (Continue Reading)

By |2020-01-18T15:48:20-07:00January 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 |2020-01-11T16:55:30-07:00January 12th, 2020|Winter, Yoga Church Sunday Sermons|0 Comments

Early Winter Part 2: Yearning

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons Early Winter 2020 | Opening to Mystery Happy New Year!! 2020. Pretty wild... There's so much talk about goals and resolutions and hopes and dreams right now. And some of it is useful. My husband and I spent New Year's day sitting in the sun talking about obstacles we've found our way through, things we're proud of, and the big stories we need to let go of (an ongoing task). We talked about what's real right now. And we decided we're ready to be more playfully curious. You might have figured out ... (Continue Reading)

By |2020-01-04T18:58:30-07:00January 5th, 2020|Winter, Yoga Church Sunday Sermons|0 Comments

Early Winter Part 1: Seeking

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons Early Winter 2019 | Opening to Mystery Can you believe we’re at the end of a decade? It feels like kind of a big deal. And as I look back over the past 10-years I’m overwhelmed by all that’s happened. I’m no stranger to big changes, but the past decade has been intense for me. It contained both a deep experience of fulfillment and a life changing experience of depression. It was filled with soul level transformations that will ground and shape the rest of my life. And while I'm interested in welcoming ... (Continue Reading)

By |2019-12-28T15:20:38-07:00December 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 |2019-12-20T20:20:18-07:00December 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)