Recently I had to make a decision. It was not a life-changing matter. It was not a serious predicament. It was not a matter of one option being "right" and another being "wrong." Still, I wanted to give thoughtful consideration to my response.
I'd venture to guess that all of us face similar choices everyday, multiple times a day: decisions that are not as simple as what to eat for breakfast but not as complex as which career is best for us. Sometimes the answer comes quickly. Other times we need a period of discernment.
The danger of decision making is that we often slip into the territory of worry: that barren backyard of potholes that Jesus continually tells us to avoid. Worry is always so close by and so hard to bypass. One uttering of the question, "What if...?" can launch us forward into the future or get us stuck in our present options.
Yoga is one of the best ways to un-stick ourselves from the quicksand of worry. Deep breathing. Simple stretching. Focusing on One other than ourselves. In this particular instance, I went to the yoga room at the end of the day and crawled into child's pose. Hips on heels. Torso descending toward the knees. Forehead resting on the mat. Inhale. Exhale. Longer Inhale. Longer Exhale. I felt myself sinking toward the mat as my mind became more focused on the breath.
Ten deep breaths later, I rolled into a sitting position and opened my eyes to a new clarity. I had not made a decision. There was no blimp flying by the window with a message of which option I "should" choose. There was no angel with a road map giving me directions for the next step. It was simply the peace of stopping to breathe and surrender. I knew that I would make a good choice, even if I didn't know the answer right away. I came to the mat with my toes dipped into the waters of worry and left with feet planted in the solid ground of trust. What happened in between was becoming like a little child.
There is no denying the value Jesus places on childlike trust. He equates such faith with entrance to the kingdom of heaven--a doorway to eternal life. Child's pose reminds me of how to be God's child: to trust in all matters, not only the seemingly "big" choices but the "small" ones, too. Even if we're not physically able to climb on the floor and get in child's pose, we can bow our heads and close our eyes to breathe deeply. We can fold our hands in prayer pose or lay down on the couch with palms turned upwards. There are many ways that our bodies can remind our minds that we are not in charge--and we are not alone.
What are the decisions you must make today? Why not bring them to your "yoga mat" of prayer? Surrender all of the options to your Heavenly Father. Breathe in his Spirit. Breathe out the worry. Rise in the knowing that you are loved and you are guided. Seek not an answer -- but the One who is the answer. Rejoice as a little child, to whom belongs the kingdom of heaven.
all good things to each of you,