March 25, 2017

Photo by Ralph A. Johnson

Some yoga teachers will tell you that balance is a gift. Some days it’s there and some days it’s not. While doing eagle pose today, I found myself focused in a way that is not typical for me. This time I was balanced and focused in a deeper, more central way than I have ever felt before. My mind started to think about eagles and what is was about this pose that earned it the name Eagle. I felt my eyes pierce the focal point I had chosen,  and I thought maybe it’s having “an eagle eye.”  Then I considered how I felt perched, and thought maybe it’s like the eagle perched on a craggy cliff. Then I considered my arms and wondered if it could be that they were wing-like. It made me happy to be an eagle for a minute or two. A favorite verse came to mind:

Isaiah 40:31. “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mrssurridge
    Mar 25, 2017 @ 18:24:57

    This is great. I love how you focused on each part of the pose. The image and the Bible verse are like frosting on the cupcake. I adore cupcakes.


  2. Alice Nine
    Mar 25, 2017 @ 19:33:32

    Wonderful! I enjoyed reading! I’ve always been inspired by eagles. Last summer during our family week at the coast, we watched an eagle feed every morning at the mouth of a rivulet where it joined the ocean. My daughter wrote a poem based on that Isaiah verse when she was in middle school:


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