Halfway there. So close yet so far away | Holy Yoga Journey

 For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you. (Romans 1:11, ESV)

I’m more than halfway through immersion and this week, I’m flying out to Minnesota to finish off my training at retreat. 

This training is everything and more that I had wished for.  As my husband would say, “Many can only dream about such experience and discerned calling from God. What a huge blessing.” Indeed. 

I had wanted to post a lot more regularly about my progress but, as our teacher had warned, this program is full on! Since immersing myself into the training, daily priorities had to shift.  I’ve had days where the dirty dishes had to wait ( yes, very difficult to do but remembering “eyes on Jesus” being the focus of the immersion made it easier ). Let alone keeping up blog posts!

In the past 6 weeks, every weekday morning has been religiously dedicated to bible study and holy yoga practise.  I’ve made a conscious effort to use pen and paper for my journalling instead of reaching for their digital counterparts, such as Evernote. I’ve resorted to the digital bible already, so I think using or and paper for journalling is a happy compromise. Low and behold, it definitely helps with calming the mind and structuring thoughts. Perhaps I should use pen and paper more often.

I found my daily journalling to be very grounding. I was talking to a friend about it the other day and here’s how I described it, 

“You know what I’ve realised? It’s really hard to be a bad person when you have to read the bible every morning and immerse yourself in His Word.  You can be angry overnight, woke up on the wrong side of bed even. But when you quieten down and meditate on the Word in the morning, all of yesterday’s anger/sorrow is disolved and you start your day renewed, filled with energy and love.” 

It’s amazing how God touches you. You only need to try a little and He does most of the work for you. He is so faithful.

Combining my scripture journalling with the holy yoga practise is just powerful. You’ve just poured yourself with the living water mentally, then you move on to a physical devotion and meditation to worship Jesus on the mat. What better way to start each day!

My connection with God has been strengthened far more than I could ever imagine since starting my Holy Yoga journey.  I once thought that I was one of those ‘logical people’ who would be able to digest the Scriptures in a pragmatic, matter-of-fact way, allowing me to live out the deeds through the knowledge. No, God has proven me wrong. The Scriptures are very personal, as it is and should be. It is a personal revelation and experience that once you have experienced, you will feel.  Not just ‘know‘. You will FEEL

Some days I sit back and wonder how I could have done what I have done in the past 6 weeks – managing 2 kids, running the household and having all the energy to dedicate to the Holy Yoga training.  I tell you, none could be done without God’s grace. And everything can be achieved in His glory. 

Thank you, Father. Thank you, Jesus for calling me into this path. 

It has been wonderful.

Now that I am nearing the end of the course, I have mixed emotions of excitement and anxious on what the next steps will look like.  It feels like the end is near yet it is only the beginning. Lord, I need not fear because I know that You called me into this. I just need to trust. 

Next week I’m off to the U.S., transitting through LA to Minnesota. I can’t wait to see what the Lord has planned for us at retreat. I can only imagine all good things!

P.S. I’ve registered for the Therapy Program! Very exciting news and yes, another year of study ahead of me. I’ll save story this for another post. 

Love, Josephine xx

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The Passion in Scripture Study | Holy Yoga Journey

 

I’ve not enjoyed studying so much in my life! And to think it would be Bible study that I am enjoying is far from the imagination even just 10 years ago. 

Growing up in a Catholic convent, Bible study was a gruelling chore. I only knew the Scriptures for the exam questions.

I will still need to sit my exam at the end of Holy Yoga retreat. But today, Scripture study is far from gruelling. It is a joy; a passion. I read and re-read the same passages over. I turn every page of the Bible like an inquisitive, curious child fascinated by the characters of Narnia. 

The more I delve into the depths of The Word, the more I realise how little I am, how little I know, how much more I need to learn and most importantly, how much more I need to LOVE

It’s true that when you are inquisitive and curious, you open doors to learning.  Every day, I am learning something new. Learning is a humbling experience and a journey that we should all embark on, every day and for the rest of our lives.
 
“Blessed are you, O LORD; teach me your statutes! With my lips I declare all the rules of your mouth. In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches. I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.” Psalms 119:12-16
Thank you, Jesus, for bringing me here and your love and continued guidance on my journey.