Coping with Coronavirus Anxiety John Sharp, MD Worrying about all the news on the new coronavirus and the illness it causes? Well, that makes good sense. If you’re wondering how to cope with anxious feelings that are surfacing, this blog post can guide you through steps that may be helpful to many people. If you often struggle with anxiety, worries about your health, or obsessive thoughts and actions, you might need additional assistance, as I’ll explain in a later post. Steady yourself around worries about the new coronavirus Knowing how to manage your own anxiety always takes a little thought. Ask [...]
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LESSONS FROM PASSOVER FOR COVID-19 By Jody Thomae, April 2020 I’ve been spending a great deal of time contemplating Passover, not just because of the time of year, but also because of this world-wide health scare we call COVID-19. In 2020, Passover will be celebrated April 8-16th. It is a traditional Jewish holiday dating back to the earliest times of human history (prior to 1400 BCE) and is originally found in the twelfth chapter of Exodus: While the Israelites were still in the land of Egypt, the Lord gave the following instructions to Moses and Aaron: “From now on, this month will be [...]
There seems to be a shortage of Christ centered class theme offerings, so CYA wanted to help. CYA's Michelle Thielen has contributed a wonderful 70 page booklet, covering 26 class themes to draw any practitioner or trainer closer to God. These class themes could be used as one leads others through class, as a guide for one's personal practice or a resource for bible subjects to lead a bible study, a session at a retreat or provide insight for a speaking engagement. We know that if you are a Christian who loves yoga, this will bless you for many years to [...]
How Would Jesus Look? Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ. 1 Corinthians 11:1 In your mind’s eye, how do you visualize the person of Christ? As an artist, how would you paint Him? Probably with a beard and a robe and sandals. We don’t know the Lord’s weight or height or facial features, but we do know something about the clothing styles of His day. But now, imagine Him in a business suit. Or—this isn’t disrespectful—in casual clothing. Can you imagine Him in jeans and an untucked shirt? In other words, if Jesus had come bodily to live in [...]
February 1, 8, and 15th, 2020 You do not have to be a Christian or a yogi to appreciate the message of love that permeates the pages of The Bottom Turtle, nor do you have to carry any moniker with you—yogi, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, etc. You must simply be someone who is open to finding more joy and delight in your own life and in the lives of those around you. That’s all. It’s that simple. Just be open. Just be you. In The Bottom Turtle, you will walk hand in hand with the author as he humbly and openly shares with you how [...]
Due to the extensive 13 page article, please retrieve your free PDF at YogaFaith's Store. Enjoy! TO OM OR NOT TO OM by Michelle Thielen, Founder of YogaFaith In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1, KJV From the beginning, and when I say, “beginning,” I am referencing the very beginning. The first scriptures found in the Bible describe the beauty and power of spoken words. These creative and sacred words hovered over unoccupied atmospheres bringing life out of absolute nothingness. A holy sound, a holy utterance spoke into emptiness [...]
We all know that we’re supposed to pray. We all have our own prayer “tactics,” such as prayer lists, prayer apps, prayer walks, prayer meetings, praying out loud, writing down our prayers, writing down the prayers we say out loud, and saying out loud prayers which have been written down. In spite of all these tactics, I believe prayer is THE MOST underrated spiritual discipline. The simple fact is, I take prayer for granted. Because Christ has opened the way into the Holy Places, I can pray freely at any time of day. I can pray in the car, as I’m [...]
We are all aware that sexual abuse, assault and harassment happens within the secular field of yoga. But what happens when that also happens within the context of Christian yoga community? We expect it not to happen here. But it does. Just as the church is not immune, neither are we. Here at the Christian Yoga Association, one of the missions of our fledgling organization is to also address the difficult conversations of abuse in faith based communities. We strive to bring awareness, prevention as well as healing to all involved. A suit was filed against an organization within the Christian [...]
March 2019 Update from New Elders of Willow Creek Church; We are an entirely new Elder Board of nine members, formally installed in January 2019. We are committed to working together to learn from the past as we look toward our future together as a church, incorporating the recommendations of the IAG’s report. The IAG has now completed its work, and we thank them for their time and commitment. As we provide the findings, we’d like to remind you of their scope. Specifically, Willow Creek Community Church and the WCA asked the IAG to do the following: Consider allegations related to [...]
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. 1 Peter 3:15-16 And so I begin the task of explaining how and why I have reconciled my practice of yoga with my Christian faith… My hope is to answer honestly and intelligently for all interested to know how a Christian can keep a [...]