This past Sunday, I decided to go to church- something I haven’t done in a long time. In our new community, there is an adorable church just a short walk from our place. Normally, for the same amount of time and spiritual energy intake, I would go to a yoga class. However, being 36 weeks pregnant, regular group yoga classes are getting to be more challenging. And, at this point in my practice, 99% of the reason I even go to a yoga class is for the spiritual energy, the like-minded community, and to feel inspired. The physical stuff I can do on my own.
As I entered the church, I felt instantly welcomed by smiles and handshakes. Everyone seemed so caring, so warm, and so filled with light. The service opened with silent prayer (just like meditation), we sang songs of worship (just like chanting), and the minister shared a beautiful message (just as a great yoga instructor or guru would do.) There are so many similarities between church and yoga that I felt instantly connected, moved and spiritually fulfilled.
My favorite part about this particular service was the preacher’s message. It was all about the speed of LOVE. And here is the quote he offered:
“God walks ‘slowly’ because he is love. If he is not love he would have gone much faster. Love has its speed. It is an inner speed. It is a spiritual speed. It is a different kind of speed from the technological speed to which we are accustomed. It is ‘slow’ yet it is lord over all other speed since it is the speed of love. It goes on in the depth of our life, whether we notice or not, whether we are currently hit by storm or not, at three miles an hour. It is the speed we walk and therefore it is the speed the love of God walks.” ~ Kosuke Koyama from The Three Mile an Hour God
Basically, if you allow yourself to slow down, take deeper breaths, stay present and truly absorb everything around you, you will feel and witness love all around you. This is exactly what we strive for in our yoga and meditation practice. And, as my teacher Julie always says, Love holds the highest vibration.
To me, God has many names, many faces, and He works to reach us in many ways. I’m grateful that I am able to acknowledge this wisdom and to feel open to all forms of enlightenment. This past Sunday, he reached me through formal church service, through Jesus, through prayer. Monday, he reached me through meditation and slow, deep breaths. Tuesday he reached me through prenatal yoga and a deep connection to the gift, the being inside of me. Today, he reached me through the beauty of nature, hiking through a lovely meadow with the vast, infinite view of the ocean… This week, I’m reminded that the more I move at the speed of Love, the more connected, inspired, joyful, peaceful and enlightened I feel. And, from now on, when I feel lost, sad, frustrated, or anything unpleasant, I shall remind myself of this inspiring message, and I will ask myself, “Am I moving at the speed of LOVE?”