Scripture ~ “How wonderful, how beautiful, when brothers and sisters get along! It’s like costly anointing oil flowing down head and beard, flowing down Aaron’s beard, flowing down the collar of his priestly robes. It’s like the dew on Mount Hermon flowing down the slopes of Zion. Yes, that’s where God commands the blessing, ordains eternal life.” Psalm 133 The Message
Spiritual Focus ~ “Sit and be still until in the time of no rain you hear beneath the dry winds commotion in the trees, the sound of flowing water among the rocks, a stream unheard of before, and you are where breathing is prayer.” Wendell Berry
Breath Prayer ~ Inhale – We are, Exhale – One
Devotion ~ Whole body prayer holds the sacred space for us to be connected with God, to worship, to receive an anointing or to simply breath in God’s promised presence. Our scripture for today’s practice invites us to experience God’s blessing as kindred beings in unity with each other, and with God. God’s abundance is witnessed as expensive oil flowing all over us, as it did Aaron, saturating God’s temple, our bodies. God’s temple where the Holy Breath resides. And like the dew that flows down the mountain blessing flows over us, through us and out from us blessing all because ordains it. In this Jewish hymn we see that what starts on a mountain top for a few insiders flows outward in a blessing for many. This is prayer as flow.
Whole body prayer involves flow whether of body, breath or simply sitting in awareness of God’s presence. Whole body prayer is a realization of how we bring ourselves, our whole-selves into unity with God, which is a major theme of Psalm 133. The beauty of this realization is that it is not just for our personal relationship with God in Christ, but is for the sake of the world God created, loves, and is drawing us into unity with other kindred spirits. Unity in community opens a floodgate of blessings that flow over us, anointing us to share the love of God in Christ Jesus. Yoga at it’s core is unity, prayer that flows like drops of water in God’s ocean of love, unifying us all, is what we as followers of Jesus are anointed to share.