Religion is my Everyday

Most of my younger years I could never sit still. I had an irritating energy of restlessness within me which always kept me super busy. I constantly rushed around doing things, sometimes a few things at once; and there was an underlying tension and stress that I was living with daily. I would continually fidget or scratch and I could never really get a feeling of stillness within my own body. My mind and body invariably felt quite racy. Starting a few things at once and not finishing anything left my body, my house, and my life in disharmony.

With this momentum of feeling busy and stressed, I found it hard to wind down and sleep, and for years I took medication to numb my body so I could just go to sleep and rest.

It wasn’t until I discovered Esoteric Yoga that I was able to feel the space to truly stop and to choose the quality of my movements. Then I was able to feel how exhausted and drained I was.

Esoteric Yoga has been an evolving practice where I have been able to feel my relationship with my body and choose movements that are more gentle and tender and to feel how this choice can affect my body. It has allowed me to return to a quality of stillness as opposed to feeling anxious or racy. What I have discovered is that this stillness is always there within me, and that through the stresses, tensions and emotional reactions in life, I can choose to lessen this quality within – or even choose to disconnect from it.

It is in this deep stillness that I re-connect to what is within me. The spaciousness, the warmth and harmony that I connect to are reflected to me in nature and within the universe and stars. There is nothing in this world that I would rather be than the beauty of stillness within me.

In no way is there perfection, but returning to this quality of stillness in my body has helped me to deal with life and everything around me. Living from this quality, from the inside, is now my religion and my commitment to looking after myself to help my body heal from the exhaustion created by the constant busy-ness and raciness.

“When you rush the body, it checks out – it is designed to move in moments. Understand this and you will heal anxiousness and exhaustion.” ~ Serge Benhayon (Esoteric Teachings and Revelations, Book 1, p. 303)

So my Everyday Religion is my connection to my body and how present I can be with my body in every movement or physical activity that I do throughout the day. Committing to choosing gentle movements with everything that I do and to remain as present with what I am doing as much as I can is a discipline for me.

  • I get out of bed in the morning and make my bed; and it is the way I make my bed, the quality I am in as I make my bed ­– which is done religiously every day – that supports me to return to sleep.
  • I start my day with a warm drink, feeling into whether it is to be a cup of warm herbs or just a cup of decaffeinated tea. This is done religiously every day and it is the quality I do this in that confirms that I am amazing. Nourishing and hydrating myself – my body loves this daily ritual.
  • I shower religiously every morning, and it is the quality in which I wash my body and my hair and moisturise my body every day that supports me to look after myself and deepen self-love in my body.
  • It is how I walk from room to room, tidying up and placing objects and things in a certain order that creates harmony in my life and within my body. The way I clean my house or hang up the washing, to how I cook a nourishing meal for myself or my family, are all done in a quality that returns me back to Stillness.
  • It is how I organise my desk and my office at work, and the systems that I have in place, that can bring me back to myself when I lose my presence.

These are some simple examples of the various choices I make to support my body and it is with this connection to my body that I get to feel that everything is religion. That everything means everything equally. That everything I do, whether it be my work, my housework, shopping, driving or interacting with people – everything is of equal importance.

I am aware that the quality of my movements can allow others to come back to themselves. I now understand that choosing to live with Stillness, Harmony and Truth in my body is our natural way of being. Through this connection with my body, I know what is true for me or not.

“The magic of stillness is in motion – the goal is to bring stillness in motion in everything we do.” ~ Serge Benhayon. (Esoteric Teachings and Revelations, Book 1, p. 91)

Choosing to live with awareness and energetic integrity has enabled me to read and appreciate situations and people. I know I will make mistakes sometimes, but this is my daily religion, the religion of connecting to my body in a certain quality. This quality is the Stillness of God and the Stillness of God in motion.

By Leah Pash

Further Reading:
Feeling the Divinity of God through Esoteric Yoga
Esoteric Yoga – To Do or To BE?
My Relationship with Religion

631 thoughts on “Religion is my Everyday

  1. I was the last week in an online Esoteric Yoga class which is great as I have once a week a group session and we deepen our connection with our body. Today was the last class of the 6. I could notice how easy I drift away in thoughts about people. Then focussing much more to deepen the connection within me it feels so true and beautiful and I can feel how I built love for myself this way and how my life gets very simple.

  2. The thing is that I thought always that I was very connected with my body. I did indian dance, many other ways of dancing, had a strong physical body etc.
    But in truth i was not at all. I did figure that out when I learned the gentle Breath Meditation. I noticed that I even couldn’t breathe my own gentle breath towards my inner heart. I could not really be with me. I was used to living life from my head. I was not aware that I was not present from within in how I moved through my day.
    What a gift to find the way back into our hearts. On http://www.unimedliving.com you find the Gentle Breath Meditation. Give it a go it is so much worth it and it is a free download 🙂

  3. It is important to build appreciation of the little things in the life we live to truly support ourselves, as they provide a greater foundation than we possibly know.

  4. What a beautiful blog Leah. I have to agree that the beauty is found in the simple things… not just the simple things though as it is in the quality of how we move from place to place, the quality of how we drink, eat, sip our tea or eat each bite of food that supports us to confirm the connection we already have within with our Soul and God. If the quality is not made the focus then the doing alone will not achieve this.

  5. What I come to understand is that we are in alignment to whatever we choose. Hence, our creations are with us wherever we go… It is the awareness (which is an equal alignment) that can strip down the ill thoughts and beliefs we have created our way to be. If we strip them down correctly – all we will feel is a greater space to observe more of our ill ways – and that which truly is… and make our world to be that.

  6. “This quality is the Stillness of God and the Stillness of God in motion.” It is funny though that we collectively have walked away from that quality within, that quality of stillness that resides equally in all of us but, as been mentioned in this blog, can be overridden by rushing the body or to abide in the busy mind. Why have we chosen for this way of being instead of that natural stillness we all have inside? Do we have an investment in this way of being, or what does it serve us to choose for this business? To me it is just a trick of the mind that likes to have its rule over the body and in that relentlessly persuades and manipulates it to rush and being busy minded instead.of be that natural stillness in which it instantly connects to that place we belong to and reconnect with the source of our being, with God. our father.

  7. Gorgeous, this is the way to live religion, loving everything starting with us and our bodies and in doing so we encompass the all.

  8. “In no way is there perfection, but returning to this quality of stillness in my body has helped me to deal with life and everything around me.” Yes Esoteric Yoga is amazing in supporting us to feel our stillness inside and how amazing and grand we are, knowing this as a feeling in my body has supported me enormously as well to not be so affected by the busyness and stresses of the outside world. We can only truly change ourselves, the surroundings may follow but we can’t force that.

  9. “It is in this deep stillness that I re-connect to what is within me.” Awesome Leah loved reading your experience, the reflection this offers me very pertanant.

  10. Esoteric Yoga offers us an opportunity to connect to a new marker in our bodies of that which is of true movement, it is a choice we can make at any time to surrender and live in connection with the all where life is constellated in perfect order for us to evolve.

  11. We race a lot and when we do that it can be hard to believe that there is a stillness in each and every one of us. And then often we look for outside things to bring that stillness to us, like we have to acquire it somehow.

    But what I love about Esoteric Yoga and the principles of the Ageless Wisdom, is that it re-connects us to the fact that stillness is our foundation, it is innate in each and every one of us, it is not something we need to acquire. And that we can learn ways to let go of what is not us, and then live what naturally is.

  12. Religion is fun now it is all about true love, harmony, relationship, Joy – it was always there and always that but the man made interpretations really sucked the fun out of it

  13. “everything is of equal importance” – these words leapt off the screen today and I realised how often I do one task, but am thinking of the next, giving that more importance than the task at hand. Which is not giving everything equal importance. Great food for thought – thank you.

  14. “So my Everyday Religion is my connection to my body and how present I can be with my body in every movement or physical activity that I do throughout the day. Committing to choosing gentle movements with everything that I do and to remain as present with what I am doing as much as I can is a discipline for me.”
    I love that you are making it so simple, for this is the language of the soul. I know I am off, when I try to complicate things or make words like Religion into something they are not. When you talk about Religion so plainly, as an everyday ritual, it leaves me with only one question, why do I fight myself so often instead surrendering to this Religiously?

  15. I attended an Esoteric Yoga one on one session today. It was my second session and I have gained so much already. It is so lovely to connect with my body, and feel the space all around me..it has reminded me of the importance of moving with presence and without compromise. When we are not present with ourselves, we make ourselves small and hide away in the roles we play, we do not care much if we are uncomfortable living that way as it becomes all about doing things, getting jobs done and being recognised for such but we feel on our own and generally unsupported. This is how I used to feel. When we are present, there’s is a warm connection with ourselves, a knowing of who we are and how we are moving with a much greater awareness of what is truly going on around us. From there on it is a continuous unfoldment.

  16. “So my Everyday Religion is my connection to my body and how present I can be with my body in every movement or physical activity that I do throughout the day. ” I love this line Leah as it confirms that every movement made from our bodies expression can be a religious choice by the quality of our presence. Showing that we do not need to do anything and or pray to God to be religious but if we choose we can walk and talk and move in a way that expresses God is equally within us all. That’s pretty cool.

  17. Esoteric Yoga provides a unique space to actually stop and feel how you are, rather than thinking you are ok or being too busy to care! Almost every time I do a session, I notice something I was previously unaware of. Awareness and feeling are key to how we can live in a way that is harmonious and natural for ourselves and our bodies

  18. Thank you Leah – reading your words today has put me in mind of a merry go round at a fair. For most of our lives it’s like we are stuck on one of these, our head and our thoughts going around endlessly. It’s huge then, through modalities like Esoteric Yoga to discover it’s possible to stop this ride, and that there is another life outside the fairground. Now it’s great way for me to observe myself – am I still, with body and feeling real? Or spinning around in a whirl?

  19. As I read and feel the stillness with which you do the things that support you in life I can feel how I have an urge to race ahead which is how I live. Somehow there’s a fear of standing still and really surrendering to the majesty of who I am once I stop racing. But as I write this I am inspired to give myself the space in the morning and during the day to not race, to commit to each moment and the task that is there before me- not race off in my mind with all the things that need to be done next. What a totally different way of living that brings great awareness and presence.

  20. Leah, this article is very beautiful to read; I am starting to realise that everything is equally important; ‘That everything I do, whether it be my work, my housework, shopping, driving or interacting with people – everything is of equal importance.’ I used to think that if I had a ‘big’ job this more important than everything else, the house would become a mess as I focussed solely on this project and even I would become a mess staying up late to complete it, it also felt like a lot of pressure, whereas to treat everything with equal importance feels much more loving and means that life can be more consistent and balanced.

    1. Beautiful Rebecca, it’s a gorgeous way to see life as everything being equally important because it comes back to you twice fold. It is my purpose I have been connected to for a long time, every single movement in our life determines how well we can live and be love.

  21. It’s crazy that we choose to drop or lessen our inner connection to stillness when life gets on top of us as it’s the one of the powerful ways that we can change our perspective and bring us back to our body. Actually, if life is getting intense and reactionary then we have already dropping the ball on giving stillness a voice.

  22. Appreciating the moments when I am not being present with myself are so well worth appreciating for in the next moment I give myself an opportunity to change my movement to bring myself back to being present with me.

  23. The key words here are the quality in … in everything it’s that quality which makes the difference. This builds an appreciation in everything we are and do in life.

  24. It is true that the body extremely dislikes to be rushed. To empower myself is to be in life in a movement that honours myself but also honours others. This is a movement that does not say yes to be controlled or abused, and is in equal deep respect of others.

  25. Religion as my everyday is such a beautiful thing – there is honour, joy, laughter, humbleness and so much more in a day filled with true religion, which is a living presence, and not the voice of dogma or belief.

  26. It’s through appreciating the delicate things in life that we get to know ourselves and each other on a very deep level.

  27. I know that what you say is true Leah, because I can feel the same in my body when I read it. When you detail how you move in your daily activities, its echo resounds, activating the same in me. The quality of our movements, just like the quality of our words, have the potential of harmonising around us when we harmonise ourselves first. Thank you

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