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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

My Newest Obsession..

My Best friend asked me to go to yoga with her while she was in town a few weeks ago, and I fell in love. I wish that when I was a baby someone kept streching me out so I never lost that flexibility!! Going to yoga forces you to relax, and take time for yourself. The breathing and stretching leave you feeling so much stronger, happier and healthier. My average run time for hobbies is about 2 months so .. since I just bought a year long contract, thins one better be different.

Some cute quotes...

If I'm losing balance in a pose, I stretch higher and God reaches down to steady me. It works every time, and not just in yoga. ~T. Guillemets

Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured. ~B.K.S. Iyengar

REAL peace is unshakable..'Bliss is unchanged by gain or loss' ~ Yogi Bhajan

Monday, March 8, 2010

My Love Language

What is the secret to a happy healthy relationship? Friendship? Money? Love? Laughter? .... If I knew some secret formula I am sure that I would be a multi millionaire by now. I remember a long time ago I heard about the 5 love languages: Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Receiving Gifts, Acts of Service and Physical touch. This book described how everyone speaks and receives love in a different language. This theory intrigues me because, a person could be constantly giving love in a language their partner doesn't speak. Since learning this concept, I have tried to figure out each person in my life's love language. And looking back to past relationships,.. this makes soo much sense! This is the description the book gives for my love languages:

Words of Affirmation
Actions don’t always speak louder than words. If this is your love language, unsolicited compliments mean the world to you. Hearing the words, “I love you,” are important—hearing the reasons behind that love sends your spirits skyward. Insults can leave you shattered and are not easily forgotten.

Physical Touch
This language isn’t all about the bedroom. A person whose primary language is Physical Touch is, not surprisingly, very touchy. Hugs, pats on the back, holding hands, and thoughtful touches on the arm, shoulder, or face—they can all be ways to show excitement, concern, care, and love. Physical presence and accessibility are crucial, while neglect or abuse can be unforgivable and destructive.

It's funny how different relationships bring to light different aspects of your personality. You could be a completely secure person, then meet that one person who "brings out your crazy" as I like to say. The dynamics of your personality can fluctuate depending on your partner. For example, I have been called "Needy" by every guy I have ever dated except for one. That one person, happened to be an "affirmation" person. I never wanted for the kind of affection that made me fully content and "not-needy".

I challenge you to look at the relationships in your life, that you consider to be "difficult" or "strained". Think about how you show those people love, and how they might actually receive it.

Love is the most powerful thing in the world.. So do it everyday to the best of your ability!

Friday, March 5, 2010

My Alabaster Story

My Favorite Bible Story...

Once Jesus was dining in the house of Simon, a Pharisee, when a woman “known in the city to be a sinner” approached him. Again, no words were spoken, but there was plenty to observe. “She brought an alabaster case of perfumed oil, and, taking a position behind at [Jesus’] feet, she wept and started to wet his feet with her tears and she would wipe them off with the hair of her head. Also, she tenderly kissed his feet and greased them with the perfumed oil.” Jesus recognized what all of this meant. And even though Simon did not say anything, Jesus was able to discern that he was saying within himself: “This man, if he were a prophet, would know who and what kind of woman it is that is touching him, that she is a sinner.”( Luke 7:36-48)

To me, this is the most powerful story in the bible. This story demonstrates, in my opinion, the church versus who God is. The Church, sees the woman in this story as a sinner, and is appalled that Jesus is allowing her to even touch him. When in actuality this woman spent all of her money to buy expensive perfume just to clean the feet of Jesus! Her sacrifice and emotion is so real, and raw in this story. The past few years, I have had what Christians refer to as a "Crisis of Faith". I on the other hand, disagree. I liken "becoming a christian" to a new couple. In the beginning, it is all butterfly's and excitement. You believe everything that person says because, you are in complete awe with them and you want to trust them. As you get to know that person better, you find out what they really stand for, and what their strengths and weaknesses are.

When I first became a christian, I shouted the gospel from rooftops, to anyone who would listen. I trusted my church and pastor with my life, and believed everything that they ever said. I believed that I knew everything because I had "Divine Knowledge" of God. I was right, and everyone else in the world was wrong. The people who studied religion for their whole lives knew less than me because, they did not believe that Christianity was the way to heaven. I honestly was afraid for every ones salvation. It was MY duty to save everyone I knew from hell. I once had a dream that I was sitting in the bleachers with everyone I had ever known, and somehow I knew the world was ending in 1 hour. I ran from person to person in the bleachers trying to tell them all about God, and how he died for them, and if they just say the sinners prayer, they could go to heaven with me. This dream molded the way I lived out my Christianity. While my intentions were pure, I think you can agree misguided.

I experienced real moments of Ecstasy in worship and prayer, but was always quick to find a label for my emotions and explain it by way of evangelism. I do not discount the moments in my life where I have truly felt gods hand, or experienced something greater than myself. However, My relationship with God, has matured over time.
I have learned the flaws of the church, their people, and where to put my trust. And most of all, I have learned, how little I really know about God, Life and Religion in general. My ignorance and close mindedness imbarisses me to this day. As I continue on my lifelong journey of knowledge and experiances, I hope that I always keep an open mind, and an accepting heart.
And like the woman in this story, I hope that as the world struggles to "Define" my religion and relationship with God, I care only what HE thinks.