Backyard Yoga … Dinner from the Garden

April 20, 2011 at 2:26 pm (Ruminations.)

It was a moment where I was in total bliss and communion with nature and with God. It was during yoga this morning – the second Backyard Yoga class we’ve had on the slab behind the purple house. The class was small this time, just me, the teacher and Glenn. So it was like a private lesson, underneath the chill grey sky and a couple of palm trees… it was… Divine.

The idea started a couple weeks ago a woman from down the street rode her bike by our community while we were holding the Backyard Farming class and she stopped her beach cruiser to check out what was going on. We chatted and she shared that she is in school for yoga. We threw around the idea of hosting a class in our backyard. The first class was a great success – happiness all around. The second was just as delicious – it just feels….. right.

The moment of bliss was during one of the poses… I don’t remember the name. But it started with prayer pose, then forward bend, then lunge… then we brought the torso up and ended up with arms in cactus. So there was this moment of balancing in the lunge pose with arms up and then opening the arms out and up, opening the hands, and the chest. Openness is the best way to describe it… I felt open and ready to receive.

You can call it whatever you want, but I was ready to receive the positivity, the energy, God and Christ… and whatever blessings God has in store for me. I don’t know how it could get any better than this, but I have a feeling this is just the tip of the iceburg.

After yoga I sipped some ginger tea to start my day and went about my activities. I’m feeling pretty overwhelmed and behind these days, but I’m keeping afloat … somehow … that would be a God thing I guess. After running around for a couple hours I ended up back at home working from my room in the evening, and before sundown I took a wooden bowl and went out into the green house backyard to harvest some veggies for dinner. I just picked a little chard, broccoli and peas, ended up sauteing them later with a little oil, some soy sauce, red pepper from Fillipi’s, a little roasted chicken thrown in to the mix. I can’t really describe the satisfaction of picking my dinner straight from the garden and having organic deliciousness at my disposal like that. I am so grateful to be a part of this community where I can take advantage of the garden even when I don’t have the time at the moment to devote to helping in it. But I guess that’s part of how we all love each other.

Thank you – Lord – for placing me right where I am in my life. It doesn’t always make sense, but I have faith and I trust.

‘May the flower in me shine bright to the beautiful flower in you….namaste.’

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