Welcome to Lent 2017. This is a season of turning our drishti, or our gaze and attention, off of ourselves and onto the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This invitation is for everyone. For the disciple of Jesus, its a special time of preparing our hearts for the Easter season. For those who are on a journey for truth, this season could be a great introspective meditations. The point is, not matter where you are on your journey, there is room here for you. So, roll out your mat and find your space.
This journey will take us a while. Lent is traditionally celebrated from Ash Wednesday and continues through the 46 days before Easter Sunday. The rhythm of celebration includes fasting during the week and feasting on Sundays. The Final week, Holy Week, begins on Maunday Thursday and continues through Easter Sunday. However you choose to recognize these days are up to you.
Just a quick word about Fasting. The purpose of the Fast is to release something that's taking up space in order that you might gain something greater. There are infinite things you could choose from. For example, for this season I am choosing to Fast from Starbucks and Netflix. The reason I choose these two are because this past week I took special consideration to those things that were taking away from my ability to connect with God. I found that the way I spent my money and the way I spent my time greatly affected how and when I spent time the Lord. So, for this season, I will not be driving through Starbucks while I run my errands. I will be taking coffee from home. Also, I will not be spending my downtime hours on Netflix. Instead, I will be using that time for Meditation. Sundays are traditionally Feasting Days. While I have no plan to run to the nearest Starbucks and binge watch a season of Parenthood, I'm not gunna say it won't happen.
So, today is March 1st. Ash Wednesday. Lets get started.
Like any good journey does, we're going to start at the beginning. Any time I try to learn something new, or figure something out, the process becomes about how it relates to me. Why am I learning this? What does this have to do with me? And why does it matter? These are the questions I ask. So, if during this season we are trying to figure out who Jesus is, why he is important to the Easter story, and why we should care; lets take some time to figure out who we are.
If you are an essential oil user, Marjoram is a great oil to use in your practice today. Its often referred to as the "Oil of Connection" and since today we are going to connect with our roots, with our Foundation, this is the oil I choose. Our scripture passage is Genesis 1 & 2, the story of creation. And our Yoga is meditation.
Find a comfortable seated position. Take a 2-3 drops of Marjoram in the palm of your hands and rub together. Close your eyes and cupping your hands over your nose, take a few deep breaths. Massage any oil left on your hands onto the back of our neck and shoulders. Take a moment to just breathe. Settle into the space you're in. Read Genesis 1 & 2. Read it again. Read it as many times as you need to.
Creation is the story of the power and goodness of God. Genesis 1 tells the story of God creating something out of nothing. It speaks of the Triune God, Father Son and Spirit, all active in the creation story to bring out life. Each part is created for purpose and is meant to work separately for the good of all. Man and Woman were created in the Image of God. Imago Dei. We are meant to be a reflection of Gods character to all creation. We are meant to work and to keep and to subdue creation. A reflection of God as protector and provider by helping to guide the earth into what it's meant to be and keep order, keep it from chaos. And God blessed everything and saw that it was good.
You my friend were created in the image of God for the purpose of showing the glory of God to call creation. Take a moment to connect to that. Breathe that in deeply. You are created in the image of God. Mind. Body. Spirit. Father, Son, Spirit. You are the glory of his creation.
We'll dig a little deeper tomorrow. For today, continue to meditation on that. Think on what that means to you. Use the mantra Imago Dei.