Content Warning: Slavery / Segregation
Despite circumstances that look grim, it's hard not to see that as a whole, society is evolving. Can you believe that there was a time when slavery and segregation were LEGAL? That there was a time when WOMEN COULDN'T VOTE (and not all that long ago?! WT...?!)? Now, don't get me wrong -- I know that human trafficking is still real, and racism a silent disease, and that we're no where near healthy yet, but if you step back and look at the big picture, it's hard not to see that with time, through each mistake we make, our collective humanity evolves. I, personally, have had my own taste of this evolution through every "bad" boyfriend, every *my fault car* accident, every sick-to-my-stomach binge eating episode, every lie that I've ever told whilst feeling guilty. And what I finally am beginning to understand is that in those dark moments,God was STILL with me -- pushing me and nudging me and inviting me to resurrect (God appearing as some of the amazing supportive people reading this ;)).
This to me is the resurrection happening in every moment of every day -- the death and rebirth of life, again and again and again -- and with each resurrection, a better, more evolved version of *us* rises from the tomb of the past. And Jesus's life is the model through which this paradigm is made real.
Speaking of evolution, did you know that your cells are regenerating in such a way that every seven years you have (what works out to be) an entirely new body? 50-70 BILLION CELLS in your body die and are born every single day. If that's true, maybe this evolution isn't just happening collectively, but on a very personal and intimate scale -- through your-not-so-ideal job, your less than perfect marital situation, your credit card debt, your depression -- quietly taking place in your very body, in your very Spirit. When looking at the science of how the Big U works through a spiritual lens, it's hard to deny that in every moment, of every day, God is pushing to make us new.
Our April yoga classes will all focus on Ayurvedic detoxification methods as a means of welcoming and enhancing the quiet resurrection happening in our lives, our bodies, and our spirits. Each week in April, we will use the book Love Wins as the impetus to exploring more biblical evidence (and yoga poses) that enhance what God is already doing (ahem -- something really cool and profound) through the what-seems-to-be chaos of our lives.
Whether or not you can join us, I hope you remember that love will win us all over some day and that the arch of the Universe bends toward justice.
*insert shout out to my amazing book club for inspiring this yoga series and this blog post*
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