DAY TWO (via LIVING The Self-Care Challenge, Oct. 6-26, 2010)

It’s Day Two of Living the Self-Care Challenge.

How are you doing with the Challenge?

Yesterday did not go so well with me to be honest. The day got away from me and I did not do the activity.

But today, I woke up, determined to take back some time for myself. I helped the girls get ready for school and once my husband left to take them to school, I turned on the Wii to do my 23 minutes of daily Yoga.

I like the awareness Yoga brings to my life even though a recent statement from Southern Baptist Leader Albert Mohler claims that Yoga is not Christian through objecting to the belief that “the body is a vehicle for reaching consciousness with the divine.”

As a Christian and a member of a Southern Baptist Church, I take issue with Dr. Mohler’s belief. When I practice Yoga, I take a Christian based approach. My movements may be based in Yoga but what is going on in my head is not. I take the time to pray and focus on my relationship with God. When one is sitting still and reading the Bible or praying, is one not using his/her body and mind to connect with God? I rest my case.

Digression aside, breathing is a huge part of relaxation. The practice of deep breathing, as suggested by today’s Tip in the Self-Care Challenge, forces you to step out of a stressful situation and focus on YOU. The more balanced and in focus you are, the more balanced and focused your life and those around you are in return. We’re all together in this life – so let’s make it a good one by taking care of ourselves first and others second.

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via LIVING The Self-Care Challenge, Oct. 6-26, 2010

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