I crave this exercise and can't believe how strong and stretched my body has become. It's amazing what I can do to tone it without even using weights. Can you do the crow? I can. It was so hard at first; impossible for me, but now you ought to see me. It's so much fun. I'm STRONG!
I was telling Mike the other day when we were just finishing our 4 mile hike down the canyon trail how Yoga has helped me become more appreciative and more amazed with my body - with YOUR body, ANY body. It truly is unbelievable! There's got to be a God who created me?
How it stands so tall and strong and walks forward into the unknown. We were just heading into a tunnel under the road to get back to our destination as we continued to talk about how fortunate we are to have our bodies. We take them for granted much too often. How often do you thank Heavenly Father for who you are and what he has given you? I know I do more now.
As I get older and see my skin wrinkling, I'm still amazed with me. I know now that I want to take better care of my body because I want to live for so many more years. Please let me Heavenly Father.
I read my sister inlaw's blog every week and when I read it this week, my soul got tender as I read Natalie's words. Natalie and Blaine were celebrating their 21 wedding anniversary (Congratulations - THAT IS AN ACCOMPLISHMENT especially being married to a Milne! hahaha) at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Here's what she said . . .
Our final day of being there was Monday. That morning I decided to go for a walk/jog along the rim. It was again gorgeous. Even though I was up over 7,000 feet I found myself energized by the coolness of the air and the majestic beauty. Upon reaching my desired destination and turn around point I paused to look out over the vastness of the canyon and to say a silent prayer of gratitude for the beauties of the earth that the Lord has given us. Surely this is one of his greatest masterpieces. As I thanked our Heavenly Father for this masterpiece His voice clearly came into my mind and said, "No Natalie, you are my greatest masterpiece. My children are my masterpiece. This is something I created for you - for your enjoyment, and is one of the ways I show my love for you. Please help all of my children understand that they are my masterpiece." My heart soared! Of course I knew this was true, and as I ran back down the trail to the lodge I noticed the different people, particularly families as the looked out over the canyon in awe. I thought to myself, "do they really know who they are? Do they realize that they are the Lord's greatest masterpiece?" From that moment on I have determined to try and view everyone I meet as the Lord's greatest masterpiece. What reverence and respect that elicits.
Your words are beautiful Natalie. Look how Heavenly Father painted you and you and you and me. Isn't He creative; we are all so different and yet so unique. Let's give him praise and everyone else as well.
Am I going to see you at Yoga? I hope so. Namaste Day.