Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up. Do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wastelands. –Isaiah
On this first message of the new year, Maribel and I want to write directly to you about faith. No, we are not trying to convert or change you. Instead, we call out to you wherever you are to look at the year ahead as an invitation to go deep within and explore and name your heart’s desire.
If what you want is greater health, more peace of mind, more energy to love and serve, these are all things that are at your reach and can be attained through practice. But without faith, the practice is not possible. Faith will not give you what you want, but it will empower you to work and walk toward what you want.A couple of years ago I read Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning. In that amazing text, Frankl recounts his experience in Auschwitz and what he learned. Here’s a hint at his discovery:
Those who survived were not the strongest. Those who survived were the individuals who somehow were able to make meaning out of their suffering.
We are meaning making animals. Without meaning we die. Meaning is something we create, but it only occurs when there’s the seed of faith. Without that powerful seed, the tree of meaning does not grow, take root, or bear fruit.
Why this reminder right now? Clearly, this is a good time to think about such things. In fact, every day is a good day to think about such things and to activate our faith. But as we start the year, we may be more open to such possibilities.
How do we strengthen our faith?
Isaiah offers some clues:
- Let go of the past.
- See the new.
- Change perception.
Here’s another basic principle to strengthen one’s faith. Without action, faith shrinks away. Faith is a muscle that grows with resistance and repetition. This means that without a physical expression, faith atrophies.
Join us this week. Believe. See for yourself.
We are so excited about this. Join us for one hour of focused breathing, stretching, and relaxation. If you have never been to a yoga class before, don’t be intimidated. It’s an all-levels class designed to help you reduce stress and cortisol levels, gain flexibility, strength, and a deep sense of peace. Monday-Thursday, 7-8 PM, Continental Park (Dice House) 10001 SW 82 AVE