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Thursday, July 19, 2012

An end to end good day (let’s do it again)…


For in him we live and move and have our being. As some of your own poets have said,  We are his offspring.
Acts 17:28 (NIV)




The day began in meditative prayer, 30 quiet minutes to be still and set intention for my day. I intended it to be a day wherein I would be available to reflect God’s Grace. It was an end to end good day. Yesterday, I got it right Lord, because I surrendered the day and myself to You (there, that wasn’t so bad, was it). Can we (I) try to do it again?

Praise Dancers
by Laverne Ross
My soul can achieve what my body learned
long ago...surrender (and it’s really not so bad).
  

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Yesterday, after preparing myself for an abundant day, I attended a liturgical dance seminar. Among other things, the facilitator (a brilliant and spirit-filled dancer and dance educator) talked about preparing the vessel for an infilling. More than spiritual advice, for dancers, this is practical information. You must be physically prepared for what you need to do.  The very first thing we did physically, after prayer and the lesson, was an act of consecration through alignment.

As a dancer, I move more effectively when I am grounded and aligned. The connections between grounding, alignment, and surrender weren’t even things that occurred to me until yesterday (why weren’t these obvious connections obvious to me before?? Another incidence of recognizing something obvious at the moment you’re ready to understand it…). Physics teaches that grounding means lowering your weight center in order for the body to realize greater stability. It is achieved largely through relaxation (surrender). Through grounding, where we connect through and draw stability from a foundation, we achieve greater awareness of balance. My body has been surrendering for years in obedience to dance discipline. It took my mind and spirit a little while longer.

The floor is a foundation, and when we connect to it, movement is powerful. There is more strength, more balance, more lift, and for me, more joy. It’s not something I think about…it is something I am hardwired to do.  Can I re-hardwire for surrender?

Today I am returning to what worked yesterday. In addition to meditative prayer, I will move through the dance prayer forms I learned yesterday. I’m helping my soul achieve what my body learned long ago…surrender (and it’s really not so bad).

Lord, I’m off to praise you through dance in prayer this morning. Among other things, I am grateful that You are patient though I can be dense. While I may not be the sharpest tool in the box, I am tenacious, and in this, failure is not an option. Tenacity in seeking Him…today’s assurance that God is good. 

Remember, as I prepare to celebrate my 200th blog post (now only three posts away), I’m interested to know what fills your soul.  I’m throwing a virtual dinner party, and you are cordially invited to help me fill the buffet.  Would you consider lending your hands, hearts and spirits to my Soul Food Buffet?  Welcome to the “Soul Food…A Divine Inspiration-Nourishment for Mind, Body and Spirit” link up.

Please join me by linking respectful that blesses readers in mind, body, and spirit.  I’ve said Grace.  Let’s feast!

If you would, kindly let your readers know you’ve helped cover the buffet table my including a link in your post; grabbing and sharing my “Soul Food” (or my blog) button. Knowing that you'll share my celebration affirms that my cup is never empty…a powerful reminder that God is good.


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