]“I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It’s just that the translations have gone wrong.”
― John Lennon
yesterday i had the great pleasure of having lunch with a friend of mine, we dove head first into all the things: the things we are creating, the struggles, the stuff we look forward to doing. And then she said the most amazing thing to me, “i’ve been doing my work and i think i have been hiding my connection to god.” i was blown away, not because she believed in god (source, higher consciousness, all words for the same thing), but that this women whom i have always felt to be so spiritual felt she was hiding her truth.
god always brings up the feels for people, whether they are feelings of love or truth or anger or fear or pain, even the word invokes emotion. here’s the thing though, we all have to believe in something. even if you are an atheist, you probably believe in evolution or that our energy goes back into the earth to be created into something else. believing in connection, in something we hold within or something bigger, these are important things. without belief in something, “you will fall for anything (malcom x)”. This is not at all to say that you have to be religious, on the contrary this is a call to know your beliefs and your loves. connection does not have to be religion, connection to source can just be acknowledging that we are all connected. that we are not alone.
it is not lost on me that this same week there is a study released about impact of attending regular yoga classes, how it is akin to attending church because of the community built. the connection classes bring and how the shared experience of yoga can have on individuals can make us feel whole and ward off depression. yoga as church. yoga reminding us to connect. breath and movement. beliefs and actions. coming home and living life.
have you connected with yourself lately? have you explored connection, belief, and yoga?