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

695 thoughts on “Religion is my Everyday

  1. Beautiful to read this, so many of us feel that restlessness and to know we can not only live without this but live with feelings of warmth and ease.

  2. Such a beautiful reflection of the simplicity and accessibility of how true religion is lived. Through our connection to our body and being, we connect to our stillness and therein the quality of our Soul is known in equalness to God and His love. Our surrender to this quality and the impulse of our Soul is then what governs the quality of our movements to be of that love, in connection to our divinity, bringing to life all that we are here to reflect.

    1. Yes I love the practicality of this blog, daily loving activity with the quality of connection is what brings about true lasting change.

  3. ‘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.’ This is very inspiring as a stand-alone way of living and being. I could heed it well and heal the drive and striving I’ve been in, and simply appreciate my quality and allow myself to be.

  4. It is the divinity we consistently express through the minutia of life that make up the grand total of who truly are.

  5. Beautiful to read this this morning. The body responds amazingly well to gentleness. Moving in and with that quality brings us back into stillness and back into being with God, i.e. more deeply connected with ourselves and the universe.

  6. Your daily rituals are coming from what you feel supports you and your connection, how different to the rituals that are imposed upon us by the church. What you are sharing is a religious way of living, connected to God within you.

  7. I love how religion is part of everyone of our lives regardless of our association or hurts around the word, However very few things that are called religion are truly religious. It begs the question if religion is part of our very fabric of life how come we do everything to not honour that religion?

    1. I love what you say here David as it a confirmation of the truth that we are all born religious. It is only our wilful resistance to our connection to who we are, our Soul and as such our inescapable union with God that we live in a way that is ignorant of our innate religiosity. However, in our willingness to return to our connection to love, to our Soul as such with God, our every move from this point in a religious one.

  8. Esoteric Yoga has been the most supportive modality in my reconnection to me, to my body and to God. It offers me the space to truly feel the amazingness I am and how I also am intrinsically connected to everyone else all of the time. It is an integral part of my religious way of living, a way that I never imagined I could be living, a way that I choose to live in every moment, without perfection.

  9. Esoteric yoga is an amazing modality for learning to connect to our bodies, developing stillness and starting to deal with the vast amount of nervous tension that we tend to live with.

  10. “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” – yes, and also, when you start to do Esoteric Yoga and get used to feeling and appreciating the inner pulse and quality of stillness, you also get to feel the pulse of other people too, an office, workplace, and the world. In stillness, everything gets confirmed, exposed and or highlighted.

  11. When we’ve been rushing, it’s so tempting to stay in the rush and the stimulation and overdrive, so that we don’t have to feel the effects of those choices on the body. But allowing ourselves to feel it is what then creates the space for us to connect to what’s underneath the surface level turbulence: a stillness and space that is always within us, and that needs or wants nothing from the outside to confirm or sustain it.

  12. When we rush around, often we don’t want to be still to feel the effects of all that rushing on the body. But feeling the impact is what allows us to reconnect to the space and stillness underneath that surface layer of turbulence.

  13. Religion is our everyday because every day we are in relationship not only with each other and ourselves but also with the entire universe.

  14. It’s crazy when we think of the many moments we have during the day and most of them are elsewhere thinking about tomorrow, last week or something other than that particular moment – never likely we are exhausted.

  15. Very cool that your everyday religion can be your connection to the body, as though the body we are given is all that is needed. It presents to us a depth of wisdom and knowledge that cannot be shifted, and trusting and surrendering to this, is to say yes to the universe our particles are from.

  16. The world as it is and it’s many advances is still missing the key element, the quality we can live, move and be in. Without quality we do not live the truth of our being, our soul, in this world.

  17. When we are aware of the divine beauty of inner stillness, the question is; why do we have to keep coming back to it and not just live in connection to our inner stillness in every moment?

  18. Its amazing that we have situations where we need help to sleep, having got so overstimulated through the day and not being taught to wind down, or how to wind down, or even that is not the normal. Just one of the many things to look at in this crazy world we call life….

  19. Heavens I remember my first sessions of Esoteric Yoga and how I couldn’t sit still, how I always had a list of things on my to do list and was itching to get up and do them, or I fell straight asleep! The repetition, the commitment and the dedication to knowing that raciness was not me and wanting to connect and feel what was underneath it, has rewarded me in major dividends from a physical and mental health point of view.

  20. I love this description of religion here as daily rituals that support your connection with the quality of stillness that is naturally occurring in your body – beautiful!

  21. A beautiful blog Leah, I can feel an even deeper settlement in my body now. I love that we can be in stillness and move in this quality, it brings a grace and beauty to life and allows for continuous expansion and a feeling of spaciousness.

  22. When you read the muck that is written about Universal Medicine, about it being a cult etc….and then you read a testimonial like this, it is a crying shame that the media do not choose to report the truth. To report that a woman in the world is dropping the raciness that she used to live her life in and is now re-connecting to her innate stillness and living a much more steadier life. This is how the world will return to a state of harmony. Not by spreading lies about this organisation being a cult. This organisation is supporting every day people to support themselves in their every day lives – we need that.

  23. This is a beautiful blog Leah, it reminds me that little things matter, especially all the little things we tend to do without thinking like making our bed or showering, yet these small moments in the morning set the foundation for our whole day.

  24. This a blog I would love to just sit with as it has that very same quality of stillness that you write about oozing from the page and its exquisite.

  25. A powerful reminder of the stillness that lives within the innermost of us all – something that is always there for us to re-connect with as you say and bring ourselves back to, rather than seeking a relief outside of ourselves if we’ve gotten anxious or racy. And how we can bring ourselves back to that quality of stillness through our movements, rather than it being just a mental focus. Thank you.

  26. Esoteric Yoga provides an opportunity to deeply connect with the body and feel to a level we don’t normally feel in our day to day. It offers a very honest marker of how we have been living.

  27. A great reminder in what is the quality in which we do things. What I can really appreciate right now is a deeper sense of surrender and letting go of control in my body.

  28. When our relationship with our bodies is one of self care and honouring we can connect with the natural harmony and order of life.

  29. Beautiful to appreciate your everyday religion, that it comes from within, and the quality of the stillness that you feel within your body is the quality you bring to what you do.

    1. I really wouldn’t have connected the word religion with the relationship with my body or something inside me till I felt it for myself. Now, there is nothing that can tell me we are not all connected to each other and that there is a religious way of living that confirms that awareness in our movements.

      1. Its simple logic isn’t it. If the divine lives within us and we can feel that, then its accessible to everyone equally so and brotherhood is guaranteed.

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