That’s me doing a yoga pose, having no clue what it even means. WHat pictures fail to show is the struggle it takes to capture each moment. I was desperately trying to put one leg over the other failing miserably, but alas the moment was captured. It depicts perfect harmony and peace which was the furthest thing from the truth. My goal was to appear very enlightened ( my idea of enlightened at the time was an image of a woman at the highest peak of a mountain holding a complex yoga pose. (I know it sounds lame ) I’m laughing at myself as I write this. Ain’t it funny the things we do just to appear a certain way while having no clue of the implications each action wether significant or insignificant has on us and the people around us.
At the mountain top I wanted to look very spiritual, in tune with the universe’s energies, in search of peace etc. You know the yoga rhetoric, everyone knows it and accepts it but I have never actually questioned the very ideas yoga was built upon. What I didn’t know at the time is that yoga is more of a spiritual discipline than a physical one.
I would like to think that if I had known before hand I wouldn’t have blindly represented some other forms of spirituality through physical discipline only to appear a certain way. That would be a lie. Most times we can know the deception in something that we do, but yet because our need to be accepted outweighs our need to be righteous we tend to choose to act ignorant.
Went on google and gathered some quick facts about the practice of Yoga because clearly I was very ignorant. Funny how we can still be ignorant, in the age of unrestricted accesss to information, and the power of google. Did a bit of research and this is what I found,
- Yoga is spiritual and worship of other gods; it is idolatry.
- The doctrine of yoga is called pantheism which is the view that everything is God and man is God.
- Yoga teaches us to focus on ourselves instead of focusing on the one true God.
- It encourages us to seek the answers to life difficult questions within our own conscience instead of in the Bible.
If someone had shown me this article a year earlier. I would argue that, it’s not that deep, it’s just stretching, it releases stress point blank period. This is also true but I think we open the door to deception when we refuse to consider that it’s origins have a lot more to do with spirituality than mere physique.
Do not be like me who got so caught up trying to Chanel energies through symbols I had no knowledge of. We should take the time to critically analyze the different deceptions we have accepted in our own lives.
Man is made in the image of God but we should never interprete this truth as man=God which is the basic foundation of yoga. To find in you the true version of you through practice of meditation which breeds the awareness that there is a god in you. If you meditate, and empty your mind long enough you will find the god in you. Like what ??!?! If there is a god in me why would there be a need for Jesus Christ to save me from me. The whole yoga discourse in the form of pantheism comes in conflict with everything I believe in. If I can find God in me by emptying my mind what is going to be left in my mind .?! . Why don’t we question the things we blindly accept. Sadly we choose to be ignorant only because we hate being wrong or we choose not to think about the things we accept because it comes into direct conflict with the image we try to portray about ourselves.
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