Thursday, November 8, 2007

Yoga Bus

I read a story about a new attempt in Isreal to keep frenzied and stress commuters calm. Now, when you get on some buses in Tel Aviv, you’ll be greeted by a yoga instructor with a microphone. And, while riding on the bus, you’ll be instructed on how to properly breathe and stretch in ways that will relieve stress!

You of course are not required to participate, but the bus has been running for 3 weeks now and most of the passengers choose to do the exercises. Many say they are much more relaxed and ready for their jobs now, when arriving at work. Others say than can rest easier at night.

As I considered this story, it seemed a little silly. But more and more it made great sense. Take a minute to go out in this world and just watch people running around. It is a ratrace! We are literally running everywhere we go. There is no leisure time, no relaxation. I think if we were forced to take a few minutes each day and slow it all down, things WOULD be better.

This of course is NOT an original idea of the Tel Aviv Transit, or any man for that matter. This is an age old command from our Lord. We all know the command in Psalm 46:10, which simply states, “Be still and know that I am God…” Did you catch those first few two words? BE STILL

I challenge us all to try it. Are we even able to slow down in this day and age. Try it. Take a few minutes each day and turn everything off and focus on the one who made us all. I do not recommend you try any yoga positions while driving, but I do recommend that you find that quiet place in the Lord!

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